Athlete’s Foot is an incredibly common fungal infection, and therefore many of you will likely have had some experience with the condition. Although the infection is usually synonymous with stinky, sweaty changing rooms at high-schools and swimming pools – it’s easy to pick up this highly contagious fungal infection anywhere you might find exposed feet.
Regardless of whether you may or may not have come in contact with the fungal infection recently, it’s important to be able to identify the condition so you can begin to treat it (and make sure you do, quickly). When assessing the symptoms of Athlete Foot Infections, it’s important to understand that there are three well known types of Athlete’s Foot Infection with differing symptoms, they include:
Toe Web Type Infections
Toe Web Type Infections are the most common type of Athlete’s Foot Infection and display the common symptoms we tend to associate with the condition. Toe Web infections tend to occur in between the fourth and fifth toe on the infected foot. The skin in-between these toes often initially becomes scaly, before becoming inflamed and beginning to peel and crack as it falls off the foot. Due to the damage Toe Web type infections can cause to the feet, as well as the nature of the foot often being hot and sweaty, there is an increased risk of bacterial infection occurring.
Moccasin Type Infections
Moccasin Type Infections are usually followed by the sudden onset of soreness in the affected foot. After a few days of this lingering soreness, you will likely notice that either the sole or the heel of your foot thickens and begins to crack. With Moccasin Type Infections it’s important to be aware of the possible risk to your toenails, in bad cases the toenails of your foot can become infected causing them to thicken, crumble and eventually fall out.
Vesicular Type Infections
Vesicular Type Infections tend to be easy to identify due to the sudden appearance of fluid-filled blisters under the skin of your feet. These blisters can be located anywhere on the affected foot; however, they do tend to form under the soles of the feet! Managing Vesicular Type Infections can be incredibly difficult due to the wound care associated with blisters; accordingly, there is a significant risk of bacterial infection with Vesicular Type Infections.
General Athlete’s Foot Symptoms
Although there are specific symptoms associated with the differing types of Athlete’s Foot infection, as a rule of thumb there are a number of symptoms that broadly encapsulate the condition, these include:
- Itchy white patches between your toes.
- Red, sore and flaky patches of skin between your toes or located on the feet.
- The emergence of skin on the feet that cracks and bleed easily.
- Fluid-filled blisters.
- Increased chance of contracting fungal nail infections
- Any of the above symptoms between your toes, on the side of your feet or on the sole of your foot.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s Foot Treatment
Thankfully, as many people consider Athlete’s Foot an embarrassing medical condition, the vast majority of the most effective treatments for the infection are available over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. Many of these treatments for Athlete’s Foot come in cream, gel or foam forms, and are often fine to be used multiple times – which happens to be the most effective way of handling a tenacious Athlete’s Foot Infection. This guide will help you ensure you are applying the cream correctly.
On top of making use of the most effective Athlete’s Foot creams, gels or foams available, you should ensure that you keep your feet both clean and dry. This is crucial, as the fungus responsible for the infection thrives in damp, moist and dirty environments. When drying your feet make sure that you dab the affected areas, as rubbing may further damage the skin and spread the fungus. Furthermore, you’ll want to ensure you are using a towel specifically for your feet and that you aren’t sharing this with anybody else – you’ll also want to make sure you’re not walking around barefoot, otherwise you’ll risk infecting others around you.