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What is Athlete's Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that develops on the skin of the foot. The infection typically originates between the toes, but it can occur on any part of the foot.
What are the Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is characterized by a scaly, red rash that itches. Often, the itching is worst immediately after shoes and socks are taken off, and it lessens as the foot airs out. Some cases of athlete’s foot may also create ulcers or blisters on the foot.
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How is Athlete’s Foot Treated?
Athlete’s foot can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications. Over-the-counter medicines sometimes aren’t strong enough to fully eradicate infections, though, and infections can recur. When over-the-counter antifungals don’t cure an athlete’s foot infection, a prescription medication may be needed.
How Long Does an Appointment for Athlete’s Foot Take?
Seeing a doctor for a potential athlete’s foot infection is a simple appointment that takes about as long as a routine check-up. After preliminaries, such as vitals, are taken, the doctor will ask about symptoms and take a medical history. They’ll likely perform an examination of the foot, after which they’re usually able to make a diagnosis. If appropriate, they may write a prescription to treat the infection. The entire process takes only a short amount of time.