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Athlete's Foot / Tinea Pedis

Tinea Pedis or better known as Athlete's Foot is a common form of fungal infection that can spread rapidly and easily. In the beginning stages of the infection it is known to cause scaling, itching, and flaking; while in more severe cases it can lead to swelling, blisters, bacterial infection and even amputation of the foot or toes.

It is normally seen in the feet because the feet are commonly overlooked when bathing and the feet are kept in a moist environment (in shoes and damp socks) where it can incubate. Once infected, the fungal infection can spread to other moist areas of the body such as the groin or underarm areas. Athlete's Foot is typically spread through public showers, swimming pools and in areas where people walk barefoot. Typical presentation is in the toes or the arch but can then rapidly spread to the heels and to the top of the foot.

Athlete's Foot is present in approximately 15% of the population and if caught early can be treated with over-the-counter creams and self care. In advanced cases, a more potent cream or an oral anti fungal medication prescribed by your doctor may be necessary. If you have a resistant or recurrent condition you should call the office today to ensure a proper treatment regimen is prescribed and to get a proper diagnosis of your condition. 


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