Treating Athlete's Foot

What your foot doctor in South Burlington, Vermont wants you to know

 

Athlete's Foot XrayAthlete’s foot can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Your feet itch uncontrollably. You don’t want to remove your shoes because of your red, scaly feet. The good news is, you can do a lot to prevent athlete’s foot, and if you do get athlete’s foot, there are several effective treatments to make your feet feel better. Dr. Michael Guerra at Burlington Podiatry in South Burlington, Vermont wants to share the facts about athlete’s foot.

If you spend a lot of time in or around public pools, public showers, gyms, or locker rooms, there is a good chance you may experience athlete’s foot. That’s because the condition is caused by a fungus which thrives in moist, warm places. It also spreads quite easily.

You can prevent the itch by always wearing flip-flops or sandals in public areas. Avoid going barefoot on warm, moist floors. You should also keep your feet as dry as possible by changing your socks and shoes frequently if you sweat. Also avoid sharing linens, towels, socks, and shoes with others to avoid spreading the problem.

You will be able to recognize if you have contacted the fungus and acquired athlete’s foot because your feet will:

  • Itch uncontrollably
  • Appear red and scaly
  • Possibly have blisters and sores

Your feet will continue to itch and may grow worse when you remove your socks and shoes. You can try some easy home remedies to provide relief. Consider:

  • Using antibacterial soap to wash your feet every day
  • Trying over-the-counter antifungal cream and applying it daily
  • Changing your socks frequently to help your feet stay dry

If your athlete’s foot doesn’t respond to home therapies, Dr. Guerra can help. He may recommend prescription-strength oral antifungal medications along with prescription-strength topical antifungal cream.

You don’t have to let athlete’s foot affect your life. Get some help for the itch and the redness by calling Dr. Michael Guerra, your foot doctor at Burlington Podiatry in South Burlington, Vermont today!