Athlete's Foot


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      What is Athletes Foot?

      Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that affects the upper layer of the skin of the foot, especially when it is warm, moist, and irritated.

      It is as also known as tinea pedi and ringworm of the foot. The fungus that causes athlete's foot is called Trichophyton and is commonly found on floors and in clothing.

      These infections are caused by several types of mold-like fungi called dermatophytes (pronounced: der-MAH-tuh-fites) that live on the dead tissues of your skin, hair, and nails.

      Athlete's foot fungus only infects the skin if conditions are right - it requires a warm and moist environment, for example, the inside of a shoe. Because of this, only about 0.75 percent of people who regularly walk about barefoot are affected.

      However, up to 70 percent of people will, at some point, develop athlete's foot.

      Athlete's foot most commonly develops between the toes. It usually causes burning, stinging, redness, and itching. It also causes flaking of the skin in some people.

      It is the most common type of fungal infection. Although it is contagious, athlete's foot can usually be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) medication. However, individuals with a weakened immune system or diabetes should see a doctor as soon as athlete's foot develops.

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