Learn about the differences between athlete’s foot and dry skin, what causes these conditions, the different symptoms to watch for, and how they’re treated. Read more: How Do You Tell if You Have Athlete’s Foot or Dry Skin? Article
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Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a skin infection caused by the ringworm fungus. Symptoms include itching, burning, cracking, peeling, and bleeding feet. Treatment involves keeping the feet dry and clean, wearing shoes that can breathe, and using medicated powders to keep your feet dry.
How Do You Get Rid of Athlete's Foot Fast?
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is caused by a variety of fungi belonging to a group of fungi called dermatophytes, which also causes ringworm and jock itch. Rarely, an athlete’s foot may be caused by nondermatophytes infection, such as yeast (candida). Athlete's foot usually begins between the toes, presenting with a scaly rash associated with itching, stinging, and burning.
Dry skin (xeroderma) may be caused by external factors, like cold temperatures, low humidity, harsh soaps, and certain medications, or internal factors, such as thyroid disease, diabetes, psoriasis, or Sjogren's syndrome. Symptoms and signs of dry skin include itching and red, cracked or flaky skin. The main treatment for dry skin is frequent, daily lubrication of the skin.
Why Do I Keep Getting Athlete's Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection, often beginning with itchiness between the toes. Learn what causes it, how doctors diagnose and treat it, and what you can do to keep it from coming back.
What's the Fastest Way to Get Rid of Athlete's Foot?
Learn what causes athlete's foot, how to treat it, and how to prevent it from coming back.