Athlete’s foot is a common fungal skin infection that thrives in hot, moist conditions. This can be caused by the same fungus as ringworm and jock itch, athlete’s foot usually shows up between the toes.
Symptoms can include red scaling and peeling or dead skin. The affected area may itch and develop a musty odor. Although annoying, athlete’s foot usually responds to prompt treatment. Left unchecked, however, it can spread to the toenails, causing nails to thicken and discolor.
Wash feet often and dry thoroughly, especially between toes.
A hair dryer, set on the coolest setting, can dry skin fast and well.
After drying, apply an antifungal product.
Powders help keep the area dry, which adds to comfort and may prevent spread of infection. Lotions and creams can attack the infection more directly.
Signs and Symptoms that needs care
Self-care doesn’t improve the problem in 2 weeks.
Toenails thickened and pitted due to the fungus.
Athlete’s foot responds promptly to self-care.