Tinea (TIN-ee-uh) pedis is also called athlete's foot. It is a skin infection (in-FEK-shun) of the bottom of the foot and between the toes. It can spread to other areas of the body, such as the toenails. The infection is usually gone in three weeks with treatment. It may take one to three months before it is completely gone. You may get athlete's foot more than once.
Athlete's foot is caused by a germ called fungus. It can be spread to others by sharing towels or shower stalls. You may also get it more easily if you use public locker rooms or swimming pools. Your chances of getting it are greater if you do not wash your feet or change socks every day. People in hot, humid weather or who have sweaty feet may get athlete's foot more easily.
You may have one or more of the following on your feet:
There are many medicines that can be put on the skin to treat athlete's food. These medicines can be bought over-the-counter at drug or grocery stores.
Before taking any herbs or supplements, ask your caregiver if it is OK. Talk to your caregiver about how much you should take. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to. The herbs and supplements listed may or may not help treat your condition.
Other ways to treat your symptoms are available to you.
Talk to your caregiver if:
SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF :
You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care may be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.
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