Your feet itch like crazy. They itch so bad they’re actually BURNING — on fire! You’re almost afraid to look and see what’s going on down there. But then you do… and you notice that the skin is cracked, flaky and peeling between your toes and up along the side of your foot. The skin between your toes is especially red. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that you’ve got all the tell-tale signs of athlete’s foot. If you let it go any longer, you’ll end up with oozing blisters and thick, yellow, crumbling fungus nails too. You will also be opened up to developing secondary infections, including MRSA. So it’s best to seek treatment immediately to go on living your life comfortably and confidently.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Athlete’s foot, also called tinea pedis, is the most common type of fungal infection. It’s closely related to other fungal infections such as ringworm and jock itch.” The microscopic mold-like organisms are part of the normal mix of microbes on your skin, but the trouble comes when there are cuts in the skin, allowing the fungus to penetrate into the body, and when the surrounding environment is just right for the proliferation of harmful fungus — dark, moist and hot.
Do I Need To See A Doctor About My Athlete’s Foot?
Many people do not like going to the doctor. The good news is that you do not need to see a doctor about your foot fungus symptoms. Your first line of defense should be to buy an over-the-counter antifungal creams like Lamisil, Micatinm, Lotrimin, or Tinactin. If these do not work, then there are oral antifungals you can get by prescription from a doctor. You should also see a doctor if you have diabetes, severe pain, swelling, large blisters or ulcers, or purulence.
How Can I Treat Embarrassing Athlete’s Foot Myself?
As mentioned, antifungal cream is the first product you should purchase. Yet, no one wants to go through the checkout with medicine for disgusting athlete’s foot. It’s embarrassing! Fortunately, you can get whatever you need without going out by ordering these products online. The name brand products like Lotrimin are about $10 on Amazon. Generic drugs can be purchased for as low as $1.99. Remember to keep applying the cream as long as directed, even if the rash appears to go away.
Home treatment for foot fungus may include taking extra steps to keep your feet clean and dry. You’ll want to wear absorbent cotton blend socks and change your shoes out every other day. Sanitizing the shoe with a UV shoe sanitizer can kill up 99.9% of the microbes found there. By making these lifestyle changes and ordering antifungals, you should see symptoms clear up in about two weeks. Persistent infections may take a full month to dissipate fully.