Athletes Foot

• Athlete's foot is a fungus infection that causes itchiness and broken skin, often between toes. It may look like tiny blisters or scaly, dry skin. Athlete's foot is contagious; you can catch it from contact with bathroom floors and the floors of public locker rooms. Because broken skin may lead to other infections, you must try to prevent athlete's foot and treat it when it occurs.

• To prevent athlete's foot, wear bath slippers in public bath houses and showers.

• If you experience symptoms of athlete's foot, apply an antifungal ointment (Tinactin or Desinex). Treat your shoes with an anti-fungal powder.

/¡\REMEMBER: The care of diabetes is a team effort involving you, your physician, and the diabetes education staff where you receive your medical care. This handbook cannot-and was not meant to-replace this team effort.

This handbook embodies the approach of the diabetes care team at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Different diabetes care teams may approach some aspects of diabetes care in ways that differ from those in this handbook. While most teams are in close agreement regarding the GENERAL PRINCIPLES of diabetes care, they may differ in the DETAILS. There can be more that one "right" way to approach a specific issue in diabetes management.

Always remain in touch with your diabetes care team, and bring any questions you may have about the materials in this handbook to their attention!

Copyright 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Ruth E. Lundstrom, R.N., John P. Mordes, M.D., Aldo A. Rossini,

M.D. All rights reserved.

Feedback: send e-mail to Dr. Aldo Rossini

This page was last revised on January 2, 1998.

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