Athlete's Foot

What is it?

Athlete's foot is an infection called tinea pedis caused when various types of fungus invade the skin. It usually occurs between the toes, but can also be found on the bottom of the foot, and is highly contagious. It can spread to other parts of the body, can cause jock itch, and can affect your toenails.

Do I have it?

You may have athletes foot if you have any one or combination of these symptoms: itching, burning, scaling, redness, cracking or discomfort.

What causes it?

Athlete's foot is most commonly transmitted through contact with an infected person or an object that has fungus on it. Walking barefoot in locker rooms, public pools or shower areas may increase the risk of getting athlete's foot.

How can I help prevent it?

  • Wash feet daily
  • Dry feet well, including between the toes
  • Wear shoes in locker rooms or common shower areas
  • Use powder to reduce perspiration
  • Wear well-fitting, ventilated shoes
  • Alternate your shoes to allow for air drying
  • Wear socks that keep your feet dry
  • Change shoes and socks at least once daily
  • Do not share shoes or towels with others
Not medical advice, see a doctor if problems persist.

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