Athlete’s foot is a common dermatological infection of the feet caused by fungus. The most common symptom is cracked, flaking, peeling skin between the toes, and the affected area is typically red and itchy. You may feel burning or stinging, and there may be blisters, oozing or crusting. In addition to the toes, the symptoms may also occur on the heels, palms and between the fingers.
Athlete’s foot is usually managed through the application of over-the-counter antifungal powders or creams. Severe, ongoing infections that don’t respond to two to four weeks of self-care, and frequently recurring athlete’s foot, may require further treatment. Stronger, prescription antifungal medications may be needed; these include topical medicines such as ketoconazole or terbinafine, and pills. Antibiotics may be necessary to treat secondary bacterial infections that occur in addition to the fungus (for example, from scratching). After examining your particular condition, our dermatologists will suggest a method of treatment best suited for your symptoms.
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