Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection. This rash on the skin of the foot is the most common fungal infection. There are three different types of athlete’s foot. Every type looks different and attacks different parts of the foot. The main cause for this infection is fungus that grows in wet and warm places in or on the top layers of the skin. In many cases, they can be found around the toes. You should be careful when you are touching the feet or even toes of some person that already has athletics’ foot because it spreads easily. People usually get in touch with this fungus when they walk barefoot, usually in locker rooms or around swimming pools.

Even if you don’t have the infection, you can spread this fungus to other people. It gets worse if a person wears shoes that are too tight and prevent the air from circulating around the foot. Scientists still don’t know why some people have a higher risk of getting this infection. In most cases, if a person had athletics’ foot, he/she will have it again. The symptoms depend on the type of athlete’s foot you have. Usually, the skin on the foot and around toes itch and burn. It may crack and peel.

There are three types of athletics’ foot. They are: toe web infection (usually occurs between fourth and fifth toes), moccasin-type infection (starts with a little soreness on the foot) and vesicular type (begins with blisters under the skin). In most cases, creams and lotions will help, if not, you will have to put certain medications on your foot. If you had it, you should avoid locker rooms and swimming pools.

 

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