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Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal skin infection. In brief, foot rash treatment is done by applying an antifungal cream and keeping the affected area dry.
Causes of this infection
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection usually on the skin on the feet. Warm and moist areas of skin, such as between the toes, help fungi grow causing an infection. In addition, people who sweat profusely, wear damp socks or do not keep their feet dry are prone to this infection. Athlete’s foot is infectious. It mostly occurs near swimming pools or at communal baths. The infected skin is recognizable by the itching and redness of the affected area on the foot. To note, if a small patch of infection is left untreated, it typically spreads along the skin causing rashes and pain.
How to identify Athlete’s foot
Generally, the skin between the toes is the first site of infection. It turns red and becomes itchy. Then, a rash develops that makes it itchier and more scaly. If left untreated, the skin develops cracks and becomes sore. In addition, the cracks in the skin between the toes can become painful. Then, tiny flakes of this infected skin fall off and infect other people who come in contact. Left untreated, the rash spreads to other parts of the body. The heels or soles are most affected by this, causing blisters and painful cracks. Sometimes, the infectious rash spreads to the entire sole and sides of the foot.
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The best treatment for Athlete’s foot
Topical antifungal ointments are easily available from pharmacies. Physicians prescribe them as foot rash treatment. Topical means it can be applied directly to the affected area- for example, to the skin of the feet. There are a few commonly available brands and types of antifungal ointments such as Terbinafine, Clotrimazole, Econazole, Ketoconazole, and Miconazole. They are available in several forms such as a cream base, sprays, liquids or powders. These treatments are excellent at healing fungal skin infections. One can choose any of the five ointments mentioned above.
Clotrimazole, Econazole or Miconazole suit children and sensitive skin types. Additional options are Undecenoic acid or Tolnaftate, which can be obtained over the counter.
Individuals are to apply the ointment to the area for as long as the infection persists. Although the rash will vanish within 1 to 2 days, it is best to continue applying the ointment for two weeks after the rash has disappeared. This helps to clear the fungi completely from the skin and prevent reoccurrence.