Acute Vesicular Athlete’s Foot

There are three defined types of athlete’s foot. Acute Vesicular Athlete’s Foot is caused by the genus of ringworm Trichophyton mentagrophytes. It is a blister-like infection and it usually appears suddenly. It can be quite severe but it is also easily treated.

Commonly known as jungle rot, a sudden outbreak of blisters is usually the sign of vesicular infections. The blisters typically appear on the instep but can develop on any part of the foot including the sole, top, between the toes and heel. It is not uncommon for there to be a bacterial infection at the same time. The blisters become red and inflamed. There may be an initial infection and then the blisters may erupt again. Typically a vesicular infection will develop after a long bout with a toe web infection.

As with moccasin-type athlete’s foot, the hands might also be involved, with blisters appearing on the palms and/or sides of fingers. It is also possible for the blisters to appear on other parts of the body such as the arms and chest. The blisters are the result of an allergic reaction to the foot fungus.

Several treatments are available for vesicular athlete’s foot. At home, you can try and dry out the blisters by soaking your feet in a Burow’s Solution (available over the counter) several times a day and using a Burow’s solution compress. Do this for 3 or more days until the blisters have dried out. Once the blisters have dried, you can then use a topical antifungal cream. However, if you also have a bacterial infection, then you should see your health care professional, as you might need a prescription oral antibiotic.

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