Athlete's foot can be embarrassing and quite uncomfortable for many individuals. Some of the symptoms of athlete's foot include itching, burning or stinging on the soles of the feet or between the toes, blisters, excessive dryness on the bottom or side of the feet, cracking and peeling skin and problems with the toenails. This condition gets its name because the organisms that may cause athlete's foot thrive in damp environments such as in an athlete's shoe. The tight shoes that force the toes together and create a warm and moist environment may be to blame for this condition. The condition may be passed by human contact, or in public areas such as a locker room or swimming pools, two areas frequented by athletes.
Athlete's foot is a fungal infection and is treated with topical medications or oral medications. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are available. Examples of topical medications include Lamisil, Lotrimin and Monistat-Derm. Oral medications include Sporanox, Diflucan and Lamisil may also be available. It is important to discuss possible side effects associated with these medications with your doctor before using any of them. It is important to keep the area clean and dry. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent athlete's foot. Make sure that you change your socks regularly and protect your feet in public places such as locker rooms, public pools and communal showers. Also avoid borrowing shoes from others and try to keep your feet dry as much as possible, especially the area between your toes.