Germs – they’re everywhere, right? How many bacteria are lurking on your phone screen right now? How about your keyboard? And just who’s been touching your computer mouse lately?

There’s another common spot in which germs love to live and multiply: the shower stall. Fungi especially enjoy a warm, moist environment, so unless you’re in the habit of carrying disinfectant around and spraying it in the public shower, you could be in danger of a fungal infection. If you frequent the gym or pool locker room, you’ve got to be wary – because there’s nothing “fun” about these fungi at all!

Types of fungal infections

There are two major types of fungal infections that affect feet – and they can happen to people of any age:

  1. Athlete’s foot– also known as tinea pedis – is an infection of the skin. The fungus causes skin anywhere on the foot and in between your toes to become itchy, red, scaly and burning.
  2. Fungal nails (onychomycosis) can occur as a result of athlete’s foot spreading from the skin to the toenails. Toenails infected with a fungus can become thick, brittle, crumbling, and discolored.

Fungal foot infections are pretty common but can sometimes be difficult to get rid of. Treatment depends on the type of fungus your foot’s infected with, so if you’re having trouble, make an appointment with us here at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm can identify the fungus and prescribe the appropriate treatment, which can include prescription-strength topical creams and oral medication.

Keep the fungi away

You can prevent fungal foot infections by

  • keeping your feet clean and dry
  • changing socks and shoes when they become wet or soaked in sweat
  • wearing shoes in public locker rooms
  • refraining from sharing tools such as nail files or clippers
  • covering cuts and scrapes with bandages to keep fungus from entering.

We try to keep a warm environment when it comes to caring for our patients. But we’ll do everything in our power to rid your personal environment – your feet – of the germs that are causing your fungal infections. Contact us for an appointment at our office in Centreville, Virginia at (703) 996-3000.

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