Athlete's Foot Symptoms

Athlete's Foot Symptoms


      What is Athlete's Foot     |     Causes     |     Diagnosing     |     Treatment

      What are the Symptoms of Athlete's Foot?

      There are many possible symptoms of athlete’s foot, which include:

      • itching, stinging, and burning between your toes or on soles of your feet
      • blisters on your feet that itch
      • cracking and peeling skin on your feet, most commonly between your toes and on your soles
      • dry skin on your soles or sides of your feet
      • raw skin on your feet
      • discolored, thick, and crumbly toenails
      • toenails that pull away from the nail bed

      The exact symptoms of athlete’s foot depend on which specific type of infection you have. Some types cause rashes that are red and blistery. With others, your skin may seem thick and scaly. So which one might you have?

      Toe Web Infection

      Your doctor may call this an interdigital infection. That just means it’s between the fingers or toes.

      It usually starts on the skin between your fourth and fifth (i.e. pinkie) toes. Sometimes bacteria take hold and makes the fungal infection worse.

      You may feel a burning sensation between your toes. The skin may be red, peeling, or scaly, and the rash may smell or give off discharge. In very bad cases, your skin may take on a green color.

      Moccasin Infection

      If the fungus covers the sole of your foot, it’s called a moccasin infection. You may see the rash spread along your heel and up the side of your foot as well.

      At first, your feet may just feel sore, dry, or slightly itchy. After a while, the skin thickens, cracks, or peels.

      If the infection advances to your nails, your toenails may also get thick and crumbly. Sometimes the nails even come out.

      Vesicular Infection

      Vesicles are the medical term for blisters, and that’s exactly what marks this type of infection. If the blisters burst, you could get a bacterial infection and need antibiotics.

      Vesicular infections happen anywhere on your foot. But the small, red blisters usually pop up on your soles or between your toes. The rash may feel itchy or painful. It can be worse in the summer.

      Ulcerative Infection

      It’s unusual, but sometimes feet develop open sores, or ulcers. Those ulcers are also open to an infection by bacteria. You’ll need antibiotics to treat this.

       In addition to sores that may ooze discharge, your skin gets very inflamed and discolored. This type of infection is usually very painful.


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