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ATHLETE'S FOOT



Tinea pedis, better known as athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet, toes and sometimes hands. Athlete’s foot is closely related to ringworm and other athlete related fungal infections.

Causes

Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungus and can be contracted through direct contact with an infected person or by touching contaminated surfaces. Common ways to contract athlete’s foot include:

· Being barefoot in public locker rooms, showers or swimming areas
· Sharing shoes or towels with an infected person
· Having sweaty feet in tight fitting shoes
· Keeping your feet in a wet or moist environment for a long time

Symptoms

The most common symptom is a rash between the toes that causes itching, stinging and burning, but other symptoms include:

· Itchy blisters on the feet
· Cracking and peeling skin
· Dry soles of the feet
· Discolored or thick toenails
· Bacterial infection

Treatment

Most cases of Athlete’s foot are treated with over-the-counter foot creams made specifically for athlete’s foot. If over-the-counter medications do not work your doctor may prescribe medication. Athlete’s foot is not serious, but if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system contact your doctor immediately if you have athlete’s foot.

Ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

· Keeping your feet dry
· Wear shower sandals in public areas
· Use talcum powder before and after activity
· Wear sandals or roomy shoes that allow moisture to escape more easily


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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