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Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the skin. Anyone can get athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot can be passed on from person to person. Symptoms and what you can do The skin between the toes (usually the little toes) tends to be affected at first. A rash develops that becomes itchy and scaly. The skin may become cracked and sore. Tiny flakes of infected skin may fall off. The rash may spread gradually along the toes if left untreated. In some cases it spreads to the soles of the feet. Sweating of the feet can produce the kind of hot, moist environment in which the fungus, which causes athlete’s foot, is able to grow. Try to avoid wearing shoes which are too tight and try to wear leather shoes which allow the skin to ‘breathe’. Also try to wear cotton socks rather than nylon. Treatment Antifungal creams are good at clearing athlete’s foot. They are available from pharmacies.   Apply the cream to the surrounding 4-6 cm of normal skin in addition to the rash. Although the rash may seem to go quite quickly you still need to apply the cream for 1-2 weeks after the rash has gone. This is to completely clear the fungus from the skin which will prevent the rash from returning.

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the skin. Anyone can get athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot can be passed on from person to person. Symptoms and what you can do The skin between the toes (usually the little toes) tends to be affected at first. A rash develops that becomes itchy and scaly. The skin may become cracked and sore. Tiny flakes of infected skin may fall off. The rash may spread gradually along the toes if left untreated. In some cases it spreads to the soles of the feet. Sweating of the feet can produce the kind of hot, moist environment in which the fungus, which causes athlete’s foot, is able to grow. Try to avoid wearing shoes which are too tight and try to wear leather shoes which allow the skin to ‘breathe’. Also try to wear cotton socks rather than nylon. Treatment Antifungal creams are good at clearing athlete’s foot. They are available from pharmacies.   Apply the cream to the surrounding 4-6 cm of normal skin in addition to the rash. Although the rash may seem to go quite quickly you still need to apply the cream for 1-2 weeks after the rash has gone. This is to completely clear the fungus from the skin which will prevent the rash from returning.

CONTACT THE DOCTOR IF:  It doesn’t improve after 2 weeks of treatment with a cream.    The skin becomes inflamed, sore or broken. The skin becomes weepy with pus (a thick yellow liquid) or yellow crusts. You are diabetic.

CONTACT THE DOCTOR IF:  It doesn’t improve after 2 weeks of treatment with a cream.   The skin becomes inflamed, sore or broken. The skin becomes weepy with pus (a thick yellow liquid) or yellow crusts. You are diabetic.

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Leaflet adapted from East Lancashire PCT Leaflet adapted from East Lancashire PCT


				
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