Home Remedies for Athlete’s Foot
Warning Signs That You Have Athlete’s Foot - Hello Doktor
While it's not a life-or-death matter, athlete's foot-especially if it's persistent-can be painful and make walking difficult. The early signs of athlete's foot are patches or fissures deep breaks or slits , especially between the toes. As the infection progresses, the skin may turn red, become itchy, and appear moist. Small blisters may spread out across the foot, breaking to expose raw fissures that are painful and may swell. The area between the toes is most often affected, but the infection may spread to the soles of the feet or to the toenails, which can become thick and colored white or cloudy yellow. In the most advanced cases, the rash will extend moccasin-style across the sole of your foot, and your feet may ooze pus and develop a foul odor.
You should also look for dry, flaky skin on the bottom or sides of your feet as well as discolored, thick, crumbly, or brittle toenails. If you notice any of these symptoms or have general itchiness or pain in your foot, visit your doctor so they can have a look or take a skin sample. This article was co-authored by Chris M. Matsko, MD.
Athlete's foot is a type of fungal skin infection. Fungi the plural of fungus are microscopic plant-like organisms that thrive in damp, warm environments. They're usually not dangerous, but sometimes can cause disease. When they infect the skin, they cause mild but annoying rashes. Fungal skin infections are also known as tinea infections.