Q Why does my Athlete’s foot keep coming back?
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that loves warm, moist places. Wearing closed shoes, having wet feet for long periods of time, or feet that sweat a lot will put you at risk for this fungal infection.
Many people trying to deal with a case of Athlete’s foot often take or use medications that simply mask symptoms momentarily. Itching and burning are common symptoms of Athlete’s foot and often people think that the infection is gone when these symptoms go away. This unfortunately does not mean that the fungus causing the infection is gone.
Anti-fungal medications taken for only a short time are only going to help short-term. Treatment plans are commonly more aggressive taking a couple of weeks for the fungus to fully be eradicated.
Athlete’s foot can return if you do not observe healthy foot care habits. You need to keep feet clean and dry, wear clean socks every day and rotate shoes. Remember, this fungal infection is contagious so if you are consistently walking barefoot in public showers and pool areas, you are putting yourself at risk again.
If you're suffering from persistent Athlete's foot, set up an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger, podiatrist in Palm Desert, CA. He can give you the tips and tools you need to treat and prevent Athlete's foot from recurring.