Even as summer winds down, most of us will still be heading to the pool at least a few more times, and that means you’re still at risk of contracting toenail fungus or athlete’s foot. Both of these conditions are rampant and can easily be contracted at public pools, where humid environments, wet floors and bare feet can make it easy for fungus to spread from foot to foot.
Fungus naturally occurs on the skin and feet, but when an opening presents itself, fungus can attack and cause an infection. Toenail fungus can cause your nail to thicken, change colors and crumble. In some instances, the fungus can even cause your toe to emit an odor.
Just as toenail fungus causes an infection through a crack in your nail, athlete’s foot develops when fungus invades a crack in your skin. Once that happens, the skin on your feet turns red and itchy; just like with your toes, athlete’s foot can make your feet smell, too. Athlete’s foot can manifest on your heels or between your toes; depending on where it shows up, the treatment plan will differ.
The best way to keep your feet healthy is to take measures to prevent infection—wear sandals or flip flops in danger zones like public pools and showers, and try to keep you feet dry, even during the last sweaty weeks of August.
If preventative measures don’t work, come visit my Houston podiatry office, Tanglewood Foot Specialists. While some over-the-counter medications may work on athlete’s foot, infections between the toes or in the toenail are more complicated and require medical attention. Whether its prescription topical or oral medication, or a new laser treatment, Dr. Andrew Schneider has the solution that will clear up your athlete’s foot or toenail fungus quickly and comfortably.