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Athlete's Foot Diagnosis

Athlete's Foot Diagnosis
What is Athlete's Foot?
Causes and Risk Factors

Diagnosis of athlete's foot can be performed by a general practitioner, and by specialists such as a dermatologist or podiatrist. Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your appointment. List your questions from most important to least important in case time runs out. For athlete's foot, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • Can I wait to see if the condition goes away on its own?
  • Is this condition temporary or chronic?
  • What can I do to prevent the infection from spreading?

Medical history
During the physical exam, your doctor will ask you a number of questions. Some of the question may be:

  • Does a family member also have athlete's foot?
  • Is the rash painful or itchy?
  • What did the rash look like when it first started?
  • What, if anything, makes it better?
  • What, if anything, makes it worse?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms?

Medical exams
Identification of the specific type of fungal organism as the infection source is very helpful in preventing recurrent infection. It is important to confirm the specific fungus that is causing a nail infection. This is due to the fact that the spectrum of activity for oral antifungal agents varies.

Cultures - Cultures specifically identify the type of fungus present during an athlete's foot infection. Fungal cultures take more time to grow out and identify vs .viral of bacterial cultures. Because they are usually both expensive and time-consuming, they are not routinely performed in suspected tinea infections. However, when long-term oral drug therapy is being considered when infections recur or when diagnosis is difficult...doctors use this dagnostic technique.

Laboratory tests - Lab tests help rule out other possible causes of symptoms, such as eczema or psoriasis. During the test, doctors will take a specimen from an active area of the lesion and placed it in a drop of potassium hydroxide solution (KOH) for microscopic examination to identify possible dermatophyte/fungal identification.

You can begin optimal treatment after a diagnosis of athlete's foot is made.  One of the treatment goals of athlete's foot f is to eliminate this condition in order to participate in daily activities. To learn about the most common forms of athlete's foot treatment and medications vs. athletes foot home remedy, read here.

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