What is Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. The condition is caused by a group of fungi known as dermatophytes, which thrive in warm and moist environments such as locker rooms and swimming pools.
Athlete's foot is characterized by symptoms such as itching, burning, and scaling of the skin on the feet, particularly between the toes. In severe cases, blisters and cracks may also develop. Treatment for athlete's foot typically involves the use of antifungal creams and ointments, as well as measures to keep the feet clean and dry. In addition, wearing shoes that allow the feet to breathe and avoiding walking barefoot in public places can help prevent the spread of the infection.
When is it necessary to see a doctor?
Athlete's foot can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications, but if the infection persists or spreads, it's important to see a doctor. People with weakened immune systems or diabetes should also see a doctor if they develop athlete's foot to prevent complications.