Athlete's Foot

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Athlete's foot facts

  • Athlete's foot is a common skin infection of the webs of the toes and soles of the feet.
  • When caused by a fungus, athlete's foot may spread to the palms, groin, and body.
  • Fungal infections of the feet are contagious and can be spread person to person or by walking on contaminated objects and floors.
  • Athlete's foot may cause foot itching, burning, pain, and scaling.
  • When athlete's foot is caused by a fungus, it can be treated with antifungal medications, many of which are available over the counter.
  • Keeping the feet dry by using cotton socks and breathable shoes can help prevent athlete's foot.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/19/2013

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How to Prevent Athlete's Foot

The fungus that causes athlete's foot can be found on floors and clothing, and the organisms require a warm, dark, and humid environment in order to grow. The infection spreads by direct contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. As the infection spreads, it may affect the soles of the feet or the toenails.

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