20% of the population suffers from Athlete’s foot
Athlete's foot is a contagious fungal infection. It's caused by a certain kind of fungus (Trichophyton fungus) that loves warm, moist conditions (like the environment in your boots or shoes). Athlete's foot is an infection also called tinea pedis, caused when various types of fungi invade the skin. It usually occurs between the toes but can also occur on the bottom and sides of the feet and is highly contagious. It can spread to other parts of the body, can cause jock itch, and can affect your toenails. Athlete's foot symptoms, especially when persistent and left untreated, can be painful and unsightly, and can make walking difficult.
What is athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot is an infection also called tinea pedis, caused when various types of fungi invade the skin. It usually occurs between the toes but can also occur on the bottom and sides of the feet and is highly contagious. It can spread to other parts of the body and can affect your toenails resulting in nail fungus.
What are the symptoms of athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot is noticeable as one or a combination of these symptoms:
- Unpleasant smell
How did I get athlete's foot?
- Athlete's foot is most commonly contracted by coming into contact with an infected person or an object that has a fungus on it
- Walking barefoot in locker rooms, public pools, or shower areas may increase the risk of contracting athlete's foot
- People are most susceptible to athlete's foot when their feet are sweating or lack proper ventilation
- Shoes create the ideal environment for fungus growth, as they provide a warm, moist area
How can I help prevent athlete's foot?
- Wash feet daily
- Dry feet well, including between the toes
- Avoid walking barefoot
- Wear shoes in locker rooms or common shower areas
- 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