In addition to being found on the toes, athlete’s foot can also be found on the heels, palms and between the toes. This fungus can last for a short or long period of time and can recur after treatment.
According to the webpage, Medline, athlete’s foot is an infection of the feet caused by fungus or yeast. Its medical term is tinea pedis. The risk of catching it increases if closed-toed shoes are used (especially if the exterior is covered in plastic), if the feet remain damp during long periods of time, if excessive sweat is produced or if there is a minor injury to the nails or to the skin. It is also contagious and can be transmitted through direct contact either with items such as shoes and socks or through contact with pool or shower surfaces.
Red skin that itches, burns or stings, and blisters that emit a discharge or that turn into scabs are the symptoms of this fungus, which can also reach the nails making them change color, thicken or even fall off. Athlete’s foot can also affect the hands or nails, giving them a poor appearance: a lack of color, the thickening of the nail or even the destruction of the nail.
If you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms, see a specialist. By reviewing your medical history, performing a visual exam of the affected area as well as with a microbiological culture, the specialist will determine the degree of infection and will make a diagnosis for the most appropriate treatment.
Types of athlete’s foot:
Chronic: Red skin and constant itching, especially at night
Hyperkeratotic: Cracks, blisters and dry scaling that generally appear on the infected area. The external layer of the skin also thickens.
Vesicular: A series of blisters that should not be popped are found on the skin.
Ulcerative: It is very likely that athlete’s foot is related to a secondary bacterial infection that may need to be treated with antibiotics.