Fungal infections often affect the feet because their warm, moist environment creates a hospitable environment for fungus. These infections can cause discomfort and spread to other areas of the body if not properly treated. Contact your podiatrist for an exam if you suspect you have a fungal infection for prompt treatment to prevent worsening of your condition.
Althete’s foot is one of the most common types of foot fungus. This condition is caused by fungi called dermatophytes, which grow quickly in conditions that are warm and damp. Athlete’s foot causes an itching, burning sensation and peeling, red, or cracked skin. Treatment for an athlete’s foot infection includes the use of herbal remedies or antifungal medication to eliminate the fungus in addition to taking steps to keep the feet clean and dry.
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection that frequently affects the nails; it is so common that half of all Americans will experience an infection in at least one toenail by age 70. This infection is caused by fungus that reproduces quickly in the dark, warm, and often moist conditions inside your socks and shoes. A fungal infection can cause the toenail to become discolored and brittle; the nail may also begin to pull away from the nail bed. Medication may be taken orally or administered topically to treat the infection.
A candida infection causes the toenails to grow thicker and become deformed. Nails affected by candida may turn an opaque yellow or green color. Candida can also cause swelling and inflammation of the surrounding skin, which is sometimes mistaken for an ingrown toenail. The infection is treated with medication prescribed by your podiatrist.
Fungal infections can spread quickly and are often extremely contagious. Contact Family Foot Center by calling (347) 625-5256 for evaluation and treatment of fungal infections, warts, foot pain, and more in Queens and Whitestone. Read through our blog to learn more about the many factors that affect your foot health.