Athlete’s Foot

Summary of Chapter 6

Wouldn’t it be great – literally and metaphorically – if you knew when to put your foot down and when not to?– Dr. Suzanne Levine

My Feet Are Killing Me by Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a scaly, itchy, smelly fungal infection that develops between your toes and on the soles of your feet. The medical term for athlete’s foot is tinea pedis (tinea, meaning grub, larva, or worm in Latin) and can refer to many different kinds of fungal infections of the skin; pedis lets you know that you are talking about the feet. The four common fungal culprits in athlete’s foot are Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Epidermophyton floccosum, and Candida albicans. But even if you can’t pronounce their names, any of these fungi can cause Athlete’s foot, as can an infection caused by any combination of them.

Symptoms of this condition, the most common fungal infection, include dry, red, itchy, cracking, peeling, or stinging skin on your feet. In severe cases, you have oozing or crusty blisters.

If you assume that athlete’s foot will go away on its own, you’re in for a not-so-pleasant surprise. It won’t. It can also lead to complications. Sometimes people develop an allergic response to the fungus causing their athlete’s foot and this breaks down the skin and goes into the bloodstream. The result can be blisters on your hands or feet. Also, if a fungal infection like this one goes unchecked, cracks in the skin may develop that can allow bacteria to enter, leading to a secondary bacterial “superinfection” which will require a trip to the hospital or worse.

At Institute Beaute Dr. Suzanne Levine Author of My Feet Are Killing Me

In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine discusses the following topics and Athlete’s Foot information:

  • What is Athlete’s Foot?
  • Does someone need to be an ‘athlete’ to get Athlete’s Foot?
  • What causes Athlete’s Foot?
  • How to get rid of Athlete’s Foot?
  • Ways to Prevent Athlete’s Foot At home:
  • Ways to Prevent Athlete’s Foot At the doctor’s office:
  • How do you tell if you have Athlete’s Foot?
  • Real Patient Recap: The Chef with the Overdone Feet. Dr. Levine shares how she extinguished the fire in a chef’s feet to rid him of pain, fungus, and irritation.

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