On a hot summer day in Palm Springs, CA, when the kids are bored and you need to get out, check out Wet n’ Wild, the premier water park in the area. There will even be poolside movies on Friday nights throughout the summer. While you are splishing and splashing, be extra cautious about protecting your feet, or you could leave the water park with an infection such as Athlete’s foot. If you have had one before, you most likely remember the discomfort, so take action on the front end to prevent returning athlete’s foot from ruining your summer.
The reason we highlight a place such as a water park is because the type of fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in moist, warm areas. Saunas, hot tub decks, and public shower areas are all high-risk environments. It is an infection that is easily spread through these types of surfaces. In addition, once you pick up the fungus, it can be encouraged to grow if your feet are wet for long periods of time, are sweaty, or are stuck in closed-toe shoes.
To prevent a fungal infection like this from coming back, make sure your feet are washed every day, especially between your toes. Wear fresh socks each day, and don’t put them on until your feet are dry. If you have sweaty feet, use some talcum powder and some anti-fungal spray on your feet. Steer clear of tight-fitting shoes, and alternate them so each pair has time to dry out. Don’t borrow shoes from friends, and wear flip-flops or water shoes when walking around pools and showers. Lastly, take quick action if you notice any redness, itching, burning, or blisters on your feet. The sooner you attack it, the quicker you can resolve it.
Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM if you have any concerns about athlete’s foot or are dealing with foot pain. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108 or request an appointment online. Stay safe this summer and protect your feet!
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