Athlete's Foot - When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor about a skin
infection on your feet if:
- Your feet have severe cracking, scaling, or
- You have blisters on your feet.
notice signs of bacterial infection, including:
- Increased pain, swelling, redness,
tenderness, or heat.
- Red streaks extending from the affected
- Discharge of pus.
- Fever of
100.4°F (38°C) or higher with
no other cause.
- The infection appears to be
- You have
diabetes or diseases associated with poor circulation
and you get
athlete's foot. People who have diabetes are at increased
risk of a severe bacterial infection of the foot and leg if they have athlete's
- Your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment or
are not gone after 4 weeks of treatment with a nonprescription antifungal
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using
medical treatment. You can usually treat athlete's foot yourself at home. But
any persistent, severe, or recurrent infections should be evaluated by your
When athlete's foot symptoms appear, you can first use a
nonprescription product. If your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of
treatment or have not gone away after 4 weeks of treatment, call your
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose or treat
athlete's foot include:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.