Fungal Skin Infection to the Foot
What is a Fungal infection in the skin on the foot?
It is suggested that up to 30% of the population suffers from fungal skin infection in the feet. “Athletes’ foot” is the most common fungal skin infection in feet. It presents as itchy peeling skin in between the toes, a peeling rash, or a rash of small brown-red spots. It can be very itchy and uncomfortable. Sometimes it can present as a dry, eczema type of skin, with underlying inflammation. Also; it can look like “chalky” type deposits on the skin.
This infection can affect any part of the foot, and in some cases will spread to other parts of the body.
The image below illustrates what an infection looks like.
What causes the infection?
Our skin is covered in a natural layer of fungi called dermatophytes. These live on our skin naturally, however, when provided with the right conditions, these can multiply and become uncomfortable. The fungus also lives in other warm; wet conditions such showers and public swimming pools. It is easily spread from person to person, or from sharing towels, socks etc.
What are the risks if the condition is left untreated?
If the fungal infection is left it can spread to other parts of the body. With damaged or broken skin, a secondary bacterial infection such as cellulitis may develop. The infection can also spread into toe and finger nails.
Thus, treatment of the fungal infection is very important.
What can a Podiatrist do for you in clinic?
The Podiatrist will diagnose the infection and recommend an appropriate medication.