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What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a very common condition that can affect anyone – not just gym-goers! Also known as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is a skin infection that causes dry, cracked, itchy skin. While it can technically show up anywhere on the body, when the feet or toes are primarily affected the name most commonly used for the infection is “athlete’s foot.”
Athlete’s Foot FAQs
Read our dermatologists’ answers to frequently asked questions about athlete’s foot below, and contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.
In most cases, athlete’s foot can be easily avoided when taking preventative steps and precautionary measures. This includes:
- Avoid walking barefoot. Wear shoes in the locker room, showers, or pool area.
- Let the feet breathe by wearing flip-flops or sandals.
- Wash feet daily and thoroughly dry, especially between the toes, after bathing.
- Limit time spent in tight/constricting footwear, especially in the summer.
- Wear moisture-wicking socks that absorb sweat and moisture.
- Change socks more frequently if they become damp.
- Dust an antifungal or absorbent powder on feet and into shoes.
- Do not share footwear with other people.
For more information on how to prevent athlete’s foot, especially at the gym, read our helpful blog here.
There are four main types of antifungal treatments for athlete’s foot. This includes creams, powders, sprays, and oral medication. All antifungal treatments work similarly in that they kill the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.
Initially, a dermatologist may recommend over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal treatments, which are easily found at your local drugstore. However, if the infection isn’t effectively treated with OTC antifungal medication, a prescription-strength antifungal treatment may be required to clear up your athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s Foot Photos
Not sure what athlete’s foot may look like? Use the pictures of athlete’s foot below to get more familiar with how this common skin infection may show up on your body.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Athlete’s Foot in Wilmington, NC
Do you suspect you may have athlete’s foot and need an effective treatment?
At The Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington, our board-certified dermatologists are highly experienced in providing effective athlete’s foot treatments. Schedule an appointment today by contacting our Wilmington, North Carolina office at (910) 782-0028 or request an appointment online.