ATHLETES FOOT/TINEA PEDIS
Athletes Foot, known medically as tinea pedis, is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet and can spread to the toenails. Anyone can get athlete’s foot, but it is commonly found in athletes. You can catch the fungus through direct contact (skin to skin) or indirect contact (skin to object). The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments such as showers, on locker room floors, and around swimming pools.
You may experience the following symptoms:
- itching, stinging, and burning between the toes and on the soles of the feet
- blisters on the feet that itch
- cracking and peeling skin on the feet
- discolored, thick, and crumbly toenails
- toenails that pull away from the nail bed
Athlete’s foot can often be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) topical antifungal medications such as Desenex, Lamisil AT, Lotrimin AF/Ultra, and Tinactin.
Athlete’s foot isn’t serious, but sometimes is hard to cure. Prescription medications include multiple topical options, oral antifungal medications, or topical steroids to reduce painful inflammation.
RINGWORM / TINEA CORPORIS
Ringworm, medically known as tinea corporis, is a fungal infection that develops on the top layer of your skin. It's characterized by a red circular rash with clearer skin in the middle. It may itch. If you develop ringworm on your scalp, hair loss could result in the affected area. Ringworm gets its name because of its appearance. No actual worm is involved. Ringworm often spreads by direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or animal.
Over-the-counter treatments include Lotrimin AF and Lamisil AT. If your infection is more severe, prescription-strength antifungal cream, lotion, or oral medications can be prescribed.
To avoid the spread of your fungal infection, call 402-467-4361 for proper treatment.