Athlete's Foot

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Whether youre an athlete or not, you could be susceptible to athletes foot. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this common skin infection.

Dr. Hill:

Athletes foot is a skin infection caused by a fungus. It is the most common fungal skin infection.

Although athletes foot fungus is contagious, some people are more susceptible to the fungal infection than others. This variation in susceptibility is not well understood. Once you have had athletes foot, you are more likely to get it again.

Athletes foot infection usually begins between the toes and the scaly rash that accompanies it can cause itching and burning.

Not all rashes on the foot are athletes foot. If you suspect that you may have athletes foot but have never had it before, its a good idea for your doctor to look at it.

You can treat athletes foot fungus with topical or oral medication. Be sure to use antifungal medication for the prescribed length of time, because this type of infection is difficult to kill. Its equally important that you keep your feet clean and dry, since the fungus needs a moist environment to grow.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.