Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that can cause redness, scaling skin, itching, dryness, and blisters. It is caused by a fungus that grows in a dark, warm, and humid environment, and it usually begins between your toes. You are at risk if you frequently have sweaty feet and wear damp socks or tight fitting shoes. How long athlete’s foot lasts depends on what you do about it.
This fungal infection is contagious and can last for months or even longer if it is not treated properly. The fungus can be passed on through towels, clothing, and bed sheets, so you can keep getting re-infected. The fungus also thrives in environments such as public showers, pools, and changing rooms. Going barefoot in these areas can increase your risk of re-exposure. Without treatment the infection may spread to your feet, toenails, hands, and groin, and the symptoms can worsen. With prompt treatment the infection usually clears up in a couple of weeks.
If you have noticed the symptoms mentioned above and have not been treated, contact Dr. Gene Reister before the infection worsens and becomes painful. Call Richardson Podiatry Associates in Richardson, TX at (972) 690-5374.