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Athlete's Foot

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Maddie Pulcifer

on 11 November 2014

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Transcript of Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot
Description
(tinea pedis)
a fungal infection affecting the skin between the toes
a form of ringworm
Signs & Symptoms
scaly rash
flaking
itching
stinging
burning
blisters (may crust or ooze)
cracking or peeling
raw skin
Visual Representation
Description
Athlete's foot specifically affects:
area between the toes
soles of the feet
toenails
(could spread to palms of hands or underarms if contacted with the fungus)
Diagnosis
visual inspection of the skin by a medical professional
KOH test - a doctor scrapes off a small area of the infected skin and places it in potassium hydroxide. The KOH will destroy normal cells and leave the fungal cells untouched so they can be examined under a microscope.
Prognosis
Treatment
Most cases of athlete's foot, once properly treated, go away within two weeks.
More extreme cases may take a month or longer to heal, depending on the severity of the fungal infection.
Athlete's foot may come back in the future, but is easily preventable and treatable.
Over the counter anti-fungal powders or creams that contain: miconazole, clotrimazole, terbinafine or tolnaftate
Topical prescription strength clotrimazole or miconazole
Oral anti-fungal medications
Topical steroid medications to reduce painful inflammation
By Maddie Pulcifer
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