What is athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a common infection caused by a fungus that lives and grows in warm, moist, dark areas, such as your shoes, damp flooring and the ground.
Symptoms may include:
- Cracked skin
- Scaly skin (20)
How do I prevent and care for athlete’s foot?
- Wash your feet every day. Dry your feet well, especially between your toes. Do not walk barefoot. Change shoes, socks and stockings often to decrease moisture. Wear shower shoes in locker room showers and protective shoes on moist ground.
- Use antifungal powders or creams to help control and treat the problem. Use the treatment as directed or for one to two weeks after the infection has cleared to prevent it from returning.
- If your athlete’s foot does not clear up within two to four weeks or as directed, returns or involves the toenail, speak to your healthcare provider. (21-22)