Causes of Athlete's Foot

Causes of Athlete's Foot

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      What Causes Athlete's Foot?

      The majority of athlete’s foot cases are caused by a variety of fungi all belonging to a group called dermatophytes, which also causes jock itch and ringworm. The fungi thrive in closed, warm, moist environments and feed on keratin, a protein found in hair, nails, and skin. Rarely, athlete’s foot can be caused by non-dermatophytes, like yeast (candida).

      Athlete's foot is mildly contagious. It can be spread through direct contact with the infection and by skin particles left on towels, shoes, or floors.

      Thick, tight shoes are more likely to trigger athlete's foot because they squeeze the toes together, creating ideal conditions for the fungus to thrive. Experts say that plastic shoes, which warm and moisten feet the most, are more likely to bring on athlete's foot than those made from other materials, such as leather or canvas.

      If socks are damp and the feet are warm, there is a greater risk of developing athlete's foot.

      Athlete's foot can be spread through direct and indirect contact:

      • direct, skin-to-skin contact, as may occur when an uninfected person touches the infected area of somebody with athlete's foot
      • indirect contact, in which the fungi can infect people via contaminated surfaces, clothing, socks, shoes, bed sheets, and towels

      Athlete's foot commonly spreads around swimming pools and communal showers - these places are generally humid and warm.

       

      Information from https://www.webmd.com/ website
      Information from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/ website

       


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