Every once in a while we have to cover a not so fun topic here at Doc's Fitness Tip's, well here it is, it's real, common, and most everyone has had to deal with it at some point if you are an athlete, active, shower at gyms, go barefoot, use public pools etc. It's Athletes Foot. Athlete's Foot, also called tinea pedis, is the most common type of fungal infection. I can stll can Hear John Madden every weekend during football season roaring about how to get rid of it, with tough actin Tenactin. Athlete's foot refers to a infection of the spaces between the toes, usually between the fourth and fifth toes, but not limited to that space. Although it is most often described as the infection between the toes, it may also affect the sole of the foot, the whole foot, and the nails. If it burns with an itch you can't scratch away, you probably got it. It may occur in association with other fungal skin infections, such as fungal infection of the toenails, feet or groin. The condition usually responds to self-care, provided that care is applied for long enough.
Athlete’s Foot Typical Presentations:
- inter-digital: this appears as moist, pink, white flaking skin between the toes with a reddened area in the splits in the skin. This is usually very itchy.
- vesiculo-pustular: this presents as small blisters, usually in the arch area under the foot. The blisters have a small red halo, with a grey blister and a dark peak to the blister. They are very itchy, and burst easily when scratched. The itch soon abates when the blister is burst, but this just spreads the infection and causes more blisters to appear. Soon there will be a large area that will be peeling, with new blisters forming.
- the dry scaly type: this appears as dry skin over the surface of the foot, and often it covers the entire foot. This is called a moccasin infection as it resembles the shape of a moccasin. The edges of the dry skin are slightly reddened with small flakes of skin around the edges of the infected areas. This is often not itchy symptomatic at all, and patients sometimes treat it with moisturizing creams, thinking it is dry skin.
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