Fungus and mold can grow just about anywhere and your feet are no exception. Mold and fungus grow in moist and dark environments, so your feet in dark shoes and socks and the moisture they can create is a great place for fungus and mold to breed. If you have a fungal infection, there are signs to look out for. Read on for a few of these signs to watch out for and what you can do to treat your feet.
1. Nail Changes
Changes in your nails can be a sign of a fungal infection. Changes like nail discoloration—turning brown, yellow or even a white color—can be a sign. Other changes include thickening of the nails, your nails becoming brittle, an odor coming from your nails, painful nails, or nails that separate from your nail bed and even fall off. Changes in your nails can be caused from several things, but a fungal infection is most likely the reason. You can treat your nail fungus by using an anti-fungal nail cream or other medicated nail treatment. You can find this over the counter or you can go to your podiatrist for treatment.
2. Itchy Feet
If your feet are burning or itching, it could be due to a fungal infection. Fungus from athlete's foot can occur from sweaty feet and from going barefoot in public places, such as the pool, beach, shower house or locker room. Remedy this by wearing shoes everywhere, including in public shower houses. Wash your feet with soap and water, then dry them thoroughly before putting on your socks and shoes. Spray your feet with an anti-fungal foot spray to kill off bacteria and fungus.
3. Skin Changes
Changes in your skin, such as yellowing, cracking, and peeling, can be from a fungal infection. Scrub your feet gently with a foot file or pumice stone. Peppermint lotion can help soften your feet, make them smell better, and help heal your feet. Apply the lotion to your feet and wear soft, breathable socks after applying the lotion. If you notice further changes in your skin, such as deep cracks or pain, make an appointment with your podiatrist to be treated.
If you notice changes in your feet and suspect it may be a fungal infection that you aren't able to remedy on your own, make an appointment with a podiatrist, such as Laurel Podiatry Associates, LLC, for help to treat your feet and to get them healthy again.