The most common cause of redness and itching between the toes and on other parts of the foot are the result of a fungal infection. The fungus is very different than bacteria and viruses and needs to be treated differently.
These red itchy areas may also include blisters that have fluid in them. The fluid in these blisters have a high concentration of fungus and can spread the infection quickly. This can be spread to other people or even your own hands, so be careful when handling these blisters.
These types of fungal infections may be called Athlete's foot. If you've tried home remedies and over the counter medication and you are not getting better you need to see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can take a sample of the infected tissue and confirm if this is truly a fungal infection and also identify the specific infection.
People that have sweaty feet or work out often are prone to these infections.
Some simple steps that you can take at home:
- Dry well between your toes
- Change socks often
- Use over the counter anti-fungal creams
- Don't share shoes with others
- Wear flip flops in gym showers or public water areas
If these measures are not working, it is time to see your podiatrist to confirm the infection and start you on prescription medication.
It is important to understand that fungal infections are chronic infections. This means that they can come and go and often don't go away completely. Even if all of your redness and itching are gone you still may be infected. Using prescription creams are often necessary for several months and then periodically to keep the infection from returning.
It is important that you have this problem treated quickly. If this is ignored, the fungal infection can then cause a secondary bacterial infection and this can be more of a problem. This is especially true if you have diabetes, poor circulation or problems with your immune system.
If you live in Tampa contact Dr. Jairo Cruz in Brandon and Zephyrhills for treatment of all foot and ankle problems including fungal infections.