Foot fungus, commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection found on the feet. The fungus typically enters via cracks or cuts in the skin and is called “athlete’s foot” since athletes or very physically active individuals sweat a lot, which means that they have an increased risk of getting foot fungus. Children likewise have an elevated risk of getting it since they aren’t as careful about prevention as older individuals.
With that said, a fungal infection in the foot is actually fairly common. However, you might be more prone to fungal infections if you are immunocompromised. If you suspect that you have a foot fungus, don’t hesitate to consult your foot doctor here at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic serving the North Shore, IL area, Dr. Gary Rogers, for prompt treatment.
Do I Have Foot Fungus?
The earliest and most common symptoms of a foot fungal infection are itchy, peeling, or scaly skin as well as small blisters that could sometimes pop. Usually, you can see these warning signs on the foot’s underside and between your toes. Left untreated, it could also extend to the tops of the foot.
How Do I Get Rid of Foot Fungus?
With foot fungus, prompt and accurate treatment from your foot doctor is vital to prevent it from spreading to other parts of your foot. This is especially critical for diabetics since even the most minor foot issues, such as scratches, could result in infections and more serious complications.
Fortunately, foot fungus can be treated with OTC and prescription creams. For the majority of individuals who have new or mild fungal infections, over-the-counter antifungal creams or ointments may suffice. On the other hand, those with advanced or severe fungal infections may require prescription antifungal preparations that also contain steroids. This means that if you’ve tried OTC antifungal medication that failed to clear your symptoms, you will need a prescription antifungal medicine.
It’s also important to note that doctors don’t usually prescribe oral antifungal medicines for foot fungus, save for very severe or recurrent infections. The most common oral antifungal prescribed for foot fungus is terbinafine, which must be taken for at least two weeks.
Need Relief From Foot Fungus? We Can Help
Arrange an appointment with your foot doctor, Dr. Gary Rogers of Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic in Wilmette, IL and serving the North Shore, IL area, by dialing (847) 256-4434. We also serve the Evanston, and Skokie, IL areas.