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Fungus infection of the feet
Causes itchy rash on the feet and between the toes
Athlete's Foot is an infection caused by a fungus that grows best on the warm, damp skin of the foot and toes. It is also referred to as "Tinea Pedis."
It is a common malady, with up to 70% of the adult population having it at some point in their lives.
There are both topical and oral medications that work well in treating this infection. Most healthy individuals will be able to treat Athlete's Foot effectively using a topical agent.
Red, scaly, cracked rash between the toes
May involve the insteps of the feet
The rash itches and burns; with scratching, the rash becomes raw and weepy
Unpleasant foot odor
RASH, LOCALIZED AND CAUSE UNKNOWN, and rash doesn't match the description of Athlete's Foot (above)
You feel weak or very sick
Looks infected (redness, swelling, warmth, tender to touch, or red streaks)
You think you need to be seen
Pus is draining from the rash
Foot is very painful
You have other questions or concerns
Rash has spread beyond the instep and toes
You have diabetes
Mild Athlete's Foot and you don't think you need to be seen
Antifungal Cream. Apply the antifungal cream 2 times a day to the affected areas of the feet. Continue the cream for at least 7 days after the rash is cleared.
Available over-the-counter in U.S. as terbinafine (Lamisil AT) or clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF) or miconazole (Micatin, Monistat-Derm).
Available over-the-counter in Canada as clotrimazole (Clotrimazole cream, Canesten, Clotrimaderm) or miconazole (Micatin Cream, Micozole, Monistat-Derm).
Terbinafine (Lamisil AT) is most recommended, but is not available in Canada.
Read the package instructions thoroughly on all medications that you use.
Keep the Feet Clean and Dry: Wash the feet two times every day. Dry the feet completely, especially between the toes. Then apply the cream. Wear clean socks and change them twice daily.
Avoid Scratching: Scratching infected feet will delay healing. Rinse the itchy feet in cool water for relief.
The condition is not very contagious.
The fungus can't grow on dry, normal skin.
Adults with Athlete's Foot do not need to miss any school or work. You can continue to play sports.
The socks can be washed with regular laundry. They don't need to be boiled.
Expected Course: With proper treatment, Athlete's Foot should decrease substantially within 1 week and disappear within 2 weeks.
Call Your Doctor If:
Rash looks infected (e.g., spreading redness, streaks, pus)
Rash continues to spread after 1 week of treatment
Rash has not cleared after 2 weeks of treatment
You become worse
Avoid Being Barefoot in Public Areas (e.g., showers, bathrooms, swimming pools). You can get athlete's foot from walking barefoot in these areas. Wear sandals.
Keep the Feet Clean and Dry:
Wash your feet with warm soapy water once a day. Rinse the feet and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes.
Wear clean cotton socks and change daily.
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