Keeping Your Athlete's Foot from Spreading to Your Partner

Staying active and working out is a crucial part of keeping your body and mind in top shape. However, this could mean frequenting places which are conducive to the spread of athlete’s foot. But what is this condition and what does it mean for your feet? Find out more about athlete’s foot with Dr. Jade Gittens in Somerset, NJ.

What is athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet and between the toes. This condition causes itchy, dry, burning skin which stings and appears scaly. The infection often occurs in individuals who frequently have very sweaty feet in tightly enclosed areas like socks and tight shoes. The infection can occur on one or both feet and can spread to the hands. The infection can also transfer from person to person by direct contact, making it contagious, especially in situations where people share towels, shoes, socks, or walk barefoot on the same floors.

Can I prevent athlete’s foot?
Preventing athlete’s foot is as easy as preventing yourself from coming into contact with the fungus. Though this is difficult when you live in the same house as someone, you can prevent the spread of athlete’s foot to your partner. First, avoid direct contact with risky areas like public pools or locker rooms by ensuring that you always wear shower shoes in these places. Never share towels or socks with other people and always keep your feet clean and dry, taking extra care after engaging in activities which cause heavy perspiration. Use over-the-counter antifungal powders on the feet regularly to further prevent athlete’s foot.

Treating Athlete’s Foot in Somerset, NJ
Treating athlete’s foot often begins with a physical examination during which your doctor can assess your symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis. If athlete’s foot is the problem, they may suggest first using over-the-counter antifungal creams or powders to treat your symptoms. However, prescription-strength versions of these medications may become necessary if the over-the-counter varieties fail to show results. If you think you have athlete’s foot, consult with your foot doctor to determine the best treatment option for you.

For more information on athlete’s foot or preventing its spread, please contact Dr. Jade Gittens at her practice in Somerset, NJ. Call 732-412-1282 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gittens today!

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