Athlete’s Foot Specialist in Wall Street, Midtown, and Harlem NYC
Athlete’s foot is different for everyone, your symptoms may be mild, and could end up being quite severe if not treated. Contact New York Foot Experts today if you have a suspicion of an athlete’s foot infection. For more information call us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Wall Street, Midtown, and Harlem NYC.
Table of Contents:
Athlete’s foot is a very contagious foot fungal infection that affects the skin. It often spreads to the toenails and then to the hands. Athlete’s foot can be difficult to cure specifically if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system.
Most of the athlete’s foot conditions we have come to our clinic are caused by a variety of fungi, which can be grouped into the same category as jock itch and ringworm, which are called dermatophytes. This fungus thrives in conditions that are closed, moist, and warm. The fungi feed off of keratin, which is a protein that is found was in the skin, hair, and nails.
The percentage for contracting athletes’ foot increases when you walk barefoot anywhere. The risk for developing athlete’s foot will also depend on the susceptibility of each individual, particularly individuals with impaired immune systems or diabetes.
Athletes’ foot commonly appears very irritated and may show discoloration with red, gray, purple, or white coloring to the feet, as well as scaly or flaky skin. You will often see this between the toes, tops of the feet, edges of the feet, bottoms of my feet, and the heels.
Athlete’s foot can affect anyone of any age, but most commonly affects men, or individuals 60 or older. You are more likely to develop athletes’ foot if:
⦁ You have diabetes
⦁ You are considered obese
⦁ You have a weekend immune system
⦁ If you have any tissue damage or wounds on your feet
Athlete’s foot doesn’t normally go away without treatment. If athletes’ foot is left untreated, it will then spread to other areas of your body including:
Fungal nail infections can be a lot more difficult to treat than athlete’s foot. As for fungal nail, infections are much more resistant to treatments.
Just like athlete’s foot affects the feet, a similar fungal infection can affect the hands. You can have a fungal infection spread to the hands if you scratch your feet, or use the same towel that you dry your feet off with on your hands.
It’s the same fungus infection that causes athletes foot can also spread to the hands, and also spread to your groin. The name for a groin fungus infection is called jock itch. The fungus will spread from the feet to your groin if you use the same towel to dry your feet off after bathing or even swimming.
With proper diagnosis and treatment of athlete’s foot from a podiatrist, your fungal infection should go away on average of one to eight weeks. It is crucial that you follow the podiatrist’s instructions and finish the entire medication that was prescribed.
Even if your symptoms do go away partially through your medication treatment, does not mean your athlete’s foot is gone for good. If you do not finish the entire instructed prescription of medication, athletes’ foot can come back and be a lot harder to treat.
There are different types of athlete’s foot that you can contract, most often you were able to contract athletes’ foot in areas where germs are more likely to hang out that are moist and warm like public pools, gym locker rooms, and saunas. You’re also able to share athletes’ foot with someone else if you share socks, bedsheets, or bath towels.
The different types of athlete’s foot include:
⦁ Toe web infection
Symptoms include a burning sensation that will ignite between the toes, the skin may look red and start peeling or look scaly. You may have a rash that smells or has discharge.
⦁ Moccasin infection
Your feet may feel sore, slightly itchy, and even dry. You may begin to notice of the skin is thickening, peeling, or even cracking.
⦁ Vesicular infection
Vascular infection is a medical term for a blister infection, if the blister ends up bursting, you could contract a bacterial infection which will end up eating antibiotics to clear.
⦁ Ulcerative infection
Symptoms of ulcerative infections include using discharge from the sores, the skin becoming very inflamed and possibly discolored. This is one of the more painful types of athletes’ foot. Contact New York Foot Experts for athlete’s foot treatment. For more information call us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Wall Street Financial District NY, Harlem NY, Midtown NY, Lower Manhattan NY, Brooklyn NY, and Yorkville NY.