Foot fungus can be unsightly and a pain to deal with. The good thing is that it can be treated quite easily. Here are some common questions about fungus and your feet:
Q: What is foot fungus?
A: Foot fungus is an infection caused by a fungal pathogen that can grow in your skin or nails.
Q: How do I know if I have fungus on my feet?
A: Signs of fungus on the skin are moisture, peeling, itching, or rashes. The nails may become thicker, discolored, lift away, or fall off.
Q: Where does fungus come from?
A: Fungus can overgrown on our skin in the right environment (socks, shoes, heat and humidity). Those with weakened immunity disorders such as diabetes are more susceptible. You can also contract fungus from going barefoot in public places such as gym showers and swimming pools.
Q: How is fungus treated?
A: Fungus on the feet (also known as athletes foot) is treated with prescription creams or gels. Fungus on the toenails are more resistant to treatment depending on the severity. Options include prescription topicals, oral pills, removing the toenails, or laser treatment.
Q: What should I do if I think I have fungus?
A: Schedule an appointment to get your feet and nails evaluated. The doctors will come up with the best plan for your specific foot needs.