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ATHLETE'S FOOT

Athlete’s foot is most commonly caused by walking in damp areas. It can be highly contagious.

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin, usually found between the toes. However, the infection can spread and cause significant discomfort, itching, and even pain.

Causes

  • An individual is most commonly exposed to the fungus that causes athlete’s foot in a gym, shower, or pool where people walk around barefoot. Fungus tends to thrive in warm, damp areas.
  • Wearing shoes that are warm and damp can cause the fungus to grow and spread. The condition is highly contagious, and it can spread to other areas of the skin, including the hands, groin, and scalp.
  • Symptoms
  • Athlete’s foot causes itching, cracking, blistering, and peeling of the feet. The condition usually starts between the fourth and fifth toes, then spreads. A person can also develop cracks in the heels or skin of the toes.
  • Treatment
  • A person should keep their feet clean and dry, and dry them with a separate towel. Antifungal treatments are available in most drugstores as sprays, powders, or lotions to apply to the feet.
  • If the fungus is spreading or worsening after treatment, a person should see their doctor who can prescribe oral antifungal medicines for the condition.

Symptoms

• Athlete’s foot causes itching, cracking, blistering, and peeling of the feet. The condition usually starts between the fourth and fifth toes, then spreads. A person can also develop cracks in the heels or skin of the toes.

Treatment

• A person should keep their feet clean and dry, and dry them with a separate towel. Antifungal treatments are available in most drugstores as sprays, powders, or lotions to apply to the feet.

• If the fungus is spreading or worsening after treatment, a person should see their doctor who can prescribe oral antifungal medicines for the condition.

Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319190#stone_bruise


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