Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin that can cause dry, scaly and red, itching skin.
In some cases small blisters may form on the skin and this then leads to spreading of athlete’s foot. The infection can cause problems between the toe and on the bottoms of the feet. In some cases over-the-counter remedies may not work and you need to see a podiatrist for treatment. Secondary bacterial infections can result if athlete’s foot is not treated early. Athlete’s foot may also spread to the toenails and this can become much more resistant to treatment. Make sure to keep your feet dry especially between the toes. If the condition does not improve, call us at 813-875-0555 in Tampa Florida.
Hi. This is Dr. Marc Katz in Tampa, Florida and I’m going to talk about a topic that is very common in Tampa and in Florida in general and that’s athlete’s foot. So, a lot of people ask me, what is this athlete’s foot, where does it come from? It comes from a fungal infection. It is a fungal infection. It’s not bacterial, it’s not viral. It’s fungal. Fungal infections are infections of the skin typically, in the case of the foot. They can cause dry, scaly skin on the bottom and sides of the feet. They can cause red areas that itch. They can cause irritation between the toes with something called maceration, which is the white skin that develops from the fluid that leaks out. You can get little blisters.
These are all different types of athlete’s foot and different stages of athlete’s foot and the important thing to know is that this is not the type of condition that can actually affect the rest of the body or get into your blood stream, but it’s extremely important to treat, because the infection in the skin can eventually make its way into the toes and onto the toenail, which makes it very resistant to treat, although we do have great laser options for that these days.
The other thing is, if you have diabetes or poor circulation or other types of autoimmune disease, and if you have athlete’s foot, they can turn into secondary infections, which are bacterial infections, which are the common infections we take antibiotics for.
So, it’s really important that you treat athlete’s foot and not let it go and it’s important that certain types of hygiene occur in the shoe, where you spray your shoes to keep anything from regrowing, but don’t just let it go. You don’t want to have other problems associated, especially if you do have other medical conditions.
So, if you have athlete’s foot and you’re not getting relief from your typical over-the-counter treatments, call us at 813-875-0555 in Tampa or you can check us out on the web at thetampapodiatrist.com. Have a great day.