Athlete’s foot is a very common ailment that is starting to develop in much younger patients than in past years. It used to only appear in athlete’s that used locker room facilities, or those that were in and out of an indoor swimming pool, but now you can catch it almost anywhere. You can contract the itchy rash just from touching a counter, or a doorknob. Kids and teenagers generally catch it from physical contact with their peers or siblings. A harmless hug can transfer athlete’s foot, so it is very important that parents know the symptoms of the ailment, as well as how to quickly treat it.
Most patients can treat the condition totally on their own with self care. Many over the counter sprays and products are available to help subside the itchy feet. For peeling skin, or blisters, it is important to steer clear of wearing heavy socks and sneakers or boots that allow the feet to stay moist, warm, and confined for long hours during the day. For some, this may be impossible as you may need to wear footwear such as that for work or school, but any chance you have to take them off and wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe like flip flops, or open sandals is your best bet.
Here are the 10 signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot:
In many athlete's foot cases bacteria can form inside the foot and result in extreme swelling. It can be commonly mistaken for a gout flare up, which is caused by uric acid and not related to athlete's foot at all, so definitely relate each detail of your symptoms to your medical team in order to get the right diagnosis. The swelling from athlete's foot can be treated with antibiotics, but be certain to get it checked as soon as possible because it can become dangerous if cellulitis isn't tended to.