Athlete’s Foot is one of the most common fungal infections, and as a result many people have had some sort of experience with it – especially if they’ve enjoyed playing water-based sports during their adolescence.
- Itchy, white inflamed patches in between your toes.
- Red, sore and flaky patches in between your toes or on larger parts of your feet.
- Sore and inflamed skin on your feet which can crack and bleed very easily.
However, symptoms do tend to vary from patient to patient, and the severity of the Athlete’s Foot is also very much linked to the type and location of Athlete’s Foot you contracted. When it comes to Athlete’s Foot there are three common types of infection, these include:
Toe Web Type Infections
Toe Web Infections usually tend to occur between the fourth and fifth toes on either foot, and are also the most common Athlete’s Foot infections. The skin between these two toes often become scaly and begins to peel and crack off of the foot. Toe Webb Infections are often prone to bacterial infections, this is due to the weakening of the skin in an area that is moist and ripe for bacterial growth.
Moccasin Type Infections
Moccasin Type Infections often being with the onset of some mild foot soreness. However, quite quickly the skin on the bottom of your heel or on the sole of your foot can quickly thicken and begin to crack. In bad cases of Moccasin Type Infections, the toenails on a patient’s foot can become infected, this causes them to thicken, crumble and even fall out. If a Moccasin type infection develops into a fungal toe-nail infection, you will likely need to consult a doctor as they require a different treatment plan to Athlete’s Foot Creams.
Vesicular Type Infections
Vesicular Type Infections have a habit of beginning with a sudden outbreak of fluid-filled blisters appearing under the skin of your feet. Although the blisters are usually located on the soles of the feet, they can appear anywhere on the foot! Vesicular Type Infections can become the most unpleasant due to the fact that skin damaged by blisters is often prone to bacterial infection.
What Will Happen If Athlete’s Foot Is Left Untreated
In most cases of Athlete’s Foot, the worst affliction that most patients can expect to experience are a pair of incredibly itchy feet. With that being said however, there have been cases of unpleasant complications occurring from untreated Athlete’s Foot.
In all three types of Athlete’s Foot Infections, if things are left to their own devices for too long, then there is a slight chance of provoking a serious and unpleasant infection. This is particularly true of Toe Web and Vesicular Type infections, and this is primarily because of the risk associated with Athlete’s Foot wounds encouraging bacterial infections.
Nevertheless, as all three types of Athlete’s Foot Infections run the risk of damaging the skin of the feet, they all run the risk of exposing the body to bacterial infections. Furthermore, the human foot is often encompassed by both a shoe and a sock, keeping the area hot, moist and perfect for bacterial growth. Therefore, by leaving Athlete’s Foot untreated, you expose yourself to a greater risk of bacterial infection and their associated complications.
Bacterial infections, more often than not, require anti-biotic treatment to cure, and anti-biotic treatments are rarely selective and can therefore cause damage to other parts of the body. Bacterial infections are also the most common cause of Sepsis and are accordingly something we want to limit our exposure to.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
The vast majority of the most effective treatments for Athlete’s Foot are available for purchase over-the-counter at your local pharmacy – they’re often available in cream, gel or spray forms. Most of these treatments are safer for multiple uses, allowing you to use the treatments numerous times to stop the persistent infection returning.
To apply the cream, make sure to wash your feet regularly, ensuring they are properly dried each time – the fungus responsible for Athlete’s Foot thrives in damp, moist and dirty location. With that being said, make sure you use a separate towel for your feet and wash it regularly. Furthermore, ensuring you wear cotton socks and regularly change them will help to alleviate the symptoms of the infection.
Try to avoid scratching or rubbing your feet as this will damage the already delicate skin exposing you to more infections, on top of this it will also increase the likelihood of you spreading the infection to other parts of your body. As the infection is so contagious, make sure you don’t walk around barefoot or share towels with anybody else.
If your Athlete’s Foot Infection doesn’t begin to show signs of improving after several weeks of continuous treatment, you should book an appointment with your doctor to discuss further treatment options.