Learn about the different treatment options for athlete’s foot and when to see your Oxnard foot doctor.
From the community pool to the gym locker room, fungus is everywhere. Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions we take, we may still end up dealing with a nasty bout of athlete’s foot. This annoying infection can cause some unpleasant symptoms for your feet, including a burning, itching rash. If you are suffering from athlete’s foot then it’s time to find out what options you have for eliminating it, and when to see your Oxnard podiatrist Dr. Steven M. Vines for care.
You don’t want to just treat the symptoms of your athlete’s foot; you want to kill the fungus responsible for your infection, too. The only way to eliminate the fungus is to treat it with an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream or medication like Lotrimin. Apply this cream in between your toes and the bottoms of your feet for several weeks, as directed. It can take anywhere from one to four weeks for your athlete’s foot to go away. If you aren’t noticing a change in your symptoms after a few weeks, call your Oxnard family podiatrist.
This might sound like an odd request, and might be more difficult during the summer months, but fungus thrives on heat and moisture, so it’s important to keep your feet dry. Of course, if you are a physically active individual this may be challenging. Use antifungal powder on your feet daily to wick away moisture, and bring an extra pair of clean socks to your next workout so you can change them when you're done.
Let your feet breathe
If you’re dealing with athlete’s foot, ease your symptoms by airing your feet out whenever you can. This means opting for sandals and other open-toed shoes that are easier on your healing feet. Of course, this isn’t as easy to do during the winter months, but in milder conditions you’ll want to opt for more breathable shoes.
Fungus is everywhere, particularly locker rooms, community pools, gyms and hotel showers. If you frequent any of these places be sure to always wear shoes or sandals to protect feet from future infections.
If over-the-counter remedies just aren’t eliminating your symptoms, call your Oxnard foot doctor today. We would be happy to prescribe a stronger medication that can more effectively attack your fungal infection head-on. Call us today to schedule your appointment. Don’t let athlete’s foot ruin your summer!