Why are my feet and toes itchy?

A very common condition that at some point or another have is, especially in FNQ, where it is quite humid and hot to say the least is: Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight fitting shoes.

So, what is it?

These are the most common features:

  1. Athlete’s foot usually causes a scaly red rash. The rash typically begins in between the toes. Itching is often the worst right after you take off your shoes and socks.
  2. Some types of athlete’s foot can feature blisters. The moccasin variety of athlete’s foot causes chronic dryness and scaling on the soles that extends up the side of the foot. It can be mistaken for eczema or dry skin.
  3. The infection can affect one or both feet and can spread to your hand — especially if you scratch or pick at the infected parts of your feet.

How did I get it?

There are a few causes associated with Tinea and a few things we will ask you when you have an appointment with us, and they are:

  1. Athlete’s foot is caused by the same type of fungus that causes ringworm and jock itch. Damp socks and shoes and warm, humid conditions favour the organisms’ growth.
  2. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be spread by contact with an infected person or from contact with contaminated surfaces, such as towels, floors and shoes.
  3. Frequently wear damp socks or tightfitting shoes
  4. Share mats, rugs, bed linens, clothes or shoes with someone who has a fungal infection
  5. Walk barefoot in public areas where the infection can spread, such as locker rooms, saunas, swimming pools, communal baths and showers

How do I get rid of it?

One can treat about 90 percent of patients with tinea pedis with topical antifungal medications only, such as Lamisil or Canestan. These are over the counter topical medications, however stronger preparations are available upon script from the GP if warranted. 

 

We like to treat the cause, as with everything, so how do we prevent this from re-occuring?

  1. Nails should be clipped short and kept clean. Nails can house and spread the infection.
  2. Avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms or public showers (wear sandals).

For control of athlete’s foot infection, persons with active tinea pedis infection should:

  1. Keep feet clean, dry, and cool.
  2. Avoid using swimming pools, public showers, or foot baths.
  3. Wear sandals when possible or air shoes out by alternating them every 2-3 days.
  4. Avoid wearing closed shoes and wearing socks made from fabric that doesn’t dry easily (for example, nylon).
  5. Treat the infection with recommended medication.

If you are worried you may have a tinea infection, give our friendly team a call 4045 5749 or book your initial consultation online today.

 

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