Athlete's foot 

 
 

Athlete's foot is a common infection of the skin characterized by itching, scaling, redness, and the formation of small blisters. In general these lesions start between the toes and can extend to the borders and bottom of the foot. The fungus has the potential to spread to the toenails, causing them to become thickened, discolored and painful. In this case the infection is called onychomycosis. While this infection is common among athletes, keep in mind that can affect athletes and non-athletes alike.

Causes

The feet are vulnerable because shoes commonly create a warm, dark and humid environment that encourages fungal growth. Athlete’s foot can also be contracted in dressing rooms, hotel and locker room showers and swimming pool locker rooms where bare feet may come in contact with the fungus.

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What Can You Do?

Keep shoes and socks dry as a preventive measure. Practice good foot hygiene including daily washing of the feet with soap and water; drying feet carefully, especially between the toes. Change shoes regularly, wear acrylic or cotton soaks, spray shower stalls with bleach, water mix after every use, and shoes should be sprayed before applying to feet with fungal spray.