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Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot

 

Athlete’s Foot is a skin infection caused by fungus. A fungal infection can occur anywhere on the body; on the foot it is called athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis.  Fungus thrive in a dark, moist, warm environment such as a shoe, showers, locker rooms, and in warm weather. Athlete’s foot produces itchy, dry, scaling skin. It commonly occurs on the soles of the feet and in between the toes. In more severe cases, inflammation, cracks, and blisters may develop; and secondary infection caused by bacteria can also result. The fungus can spread to other areas of the body, including your toenails. Feet should be washed every day, then thoroughly dried, including between the toes. Anti-fungal powders, sprays, and/or creams are often utilized in the treatment of athlete’s foot.