Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that can grow and multiply on human skin, especially the feet. It grows best in a dark, moist and warm environment. The same fungus may also cause “jock itch” in the groin.Athlete’s foot is contagious and may be caught by walking barefoot. Sweaty feet, tight shoes/socks, not drying one’s feet well after swimming or bathing and/or exercising all contribute to the development of athlete’s foot.If you come to MCA with symptoms, your dermatologist will examine your feet thoroughly. This examination may include scraping of the scale area from the skin on your feet. The skin scales are then examined under a microscope to look for the tiny fungi. They may also be placed in a test tube to look for growth of the fungus.

Once the fungus is diagnosed, treatment can begin immediately. For simple cases, antifungal creams are effective and can relieve symptoms such as burning and itching fairly quickly. In more severe cases, or if your infection is resistant to usual treatment, oral antifungal pills may be prescribed. Toenail infections may be difficult to treat and require several months of an oral antifungal medicine. Your dermatologist will determine the best course of treatment on a case-by-case basis.

To prevent athlete’s foot: wash your feet daily; dry your feet thoroughly, especially between your toes, after bathing or swimming; avoid tight footwear, especially in the summer; wear sandals and “flip-flops” in warm weather; wear cotton or synthetic running socks, which absorb sweat; change your socks daily or more frequently if they become damp; and/or dust an antifungal powder on your feet and into your shoes.

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Our cosmetic dermatology clinic is located in the Memorial area of Houston, Texas. We are just off I-10 west between downtown Houston and Katy. There is plenty of free parking available at our facility.

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1201 Dairy Ashford Rd Houston, TX 77079
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