What’s the Disney Rash?
The Disney rash is a skin condition characterized by redness, swelling, tenderness and pain along the foot. It usually appears between the toes but can appear anywhere on your feet. There are several causes of this common skin problem such as: sun exposure; cold weather; footwear problems (such as socks); and even some medications.
In children, the Disney rash is known as “tinea pedis” or tinea cruris. Tinea pedis refers to the skin infection caused by strep bacteria. Tinea cruris refers to the skin infection caused by roundworms. Both infections cause redness, swelling and itching along with other symptoms including fever, headache and muscle aches.
Disney Rash Symptoms
Most often, the Disney rash occurs on one side of the body first followed by the other. It may occur at any time during the year but most commonly begins appearing in July and lasts until September. The rash typically starts out as a small red spot then spreads outward from there. Sometimes it doesn’t spread all over your feet but rather just affects parts of them.
It’s very itchy and usually feels like burning or stinging.
The rash can also affect other parts of your body as well such as the arms, legs, hands and feet. This condition is sometimes referred to as a “sunburn” even though it does not resemble one. As the skin infection spreads, the redness typically changes from being blotchy to straight lines that look more like a burn than a rash.
If you’re in a profession where you get a lot of exposure to water, chemicals or even sweat, your risk for getting the Disney rash is higher. Swimming pool maintenance workers are at a much higher risk of getting this condition due to constant contact with these elements and chemicals.
The infection can easily be spread from one person to another through direct skin-to-skin contact. In some cases, a person can get the infection from an inanimate object such as a towel or wet tile floor.
The rash is not typically painful and does not make you feel sick. If it gets really bad, though, you may develop a fever and feel very tired (mentally and physically). The rash must be treated right away to prevent a more serious infection. If left untreated, there is a risk of developing cellulitis or even blood poisoning.
While the rash is not usually itchy, once it starts to spread, it can become very itchy. Anytime you feel that your skin is itching more than usual, see a physician right away.
Treating the Disney Rash
As with many other types of skin conditions, the best way to treat the Disney rash is to avoid getting it in the first place. You can prevent this condition by practicing good hygiene and wearing clean socks and underwear every day.
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