Athletes Foot

What is Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. It often occurs on the skin that is between or underneath the toes. It can also occur on the soles of the feet.

The infection can spread from person to person (is contagious).

Follow these instructions at home:

  • Apply or take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your doctor.
  • Keep all follow-up visits as told by your doctor. This is important.
  • Do notscratch your feet.
  • Keep your feet dry:
    • Wear cotton or wool socks. Change your socks every day or if they become wet.
    • Wear shoes that allow air to move around, such as sandals or canvas tennis shoes.
  • Wash and dry your feet:
    • Every day or as told by your doctor.
    • After exercising.
    • Including the area between your toes.
  • Wear sandals in wet areas, such as locker rooms and shared showers.
  • Do notshare any of these items:
    • Towels.
    • Nail clippers.
    • Other personal items that touch your feet.
  • If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.

Contact a doctor if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have swelling, soreness, warmth, or redness in your foot.
  • You are not getting better with treatment.
  • Your symptoms get worse.
  • You have new symptoms.
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