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    16 Jun 2023

What is Athlete’s Foot and What Causes It?

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s Foot, also referred to as ‘tinea pedis’ is a contagious fungal infection of the skin on the feet. It causes itchy, dry, scaly, blisters and cracked skin. There can be redness and swelling, too. As the fungus thrives in warm and moist environments, it is often contagious and spread through contact with an infected person or shared contaminated items.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

The most common symptoms seen in people with Athlete’s Foot are itchy, dry, scaly and cracked skin, as well as redness and swelling. Blisters can also form as the condition worsens. The infected area may appear to be painful at times and emit a foul odor. If left untreated, the infection may spread from the feet to the hands and other parts of the body.

What Causes Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s Foot is caused by a fungal infection, usually spread through contact with an infected person or through contact with moist and warm surfaces. Contact with contaminated objects such as shoes, socks, and towels, are also risk factors for infection. Certain types of fungi can also thrive in areas where people walk barefoot, such as showers, locker rooms, and public swimming pools.

Diagnosing Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot can usually be diagnosed with a physical examination by a healthcare professional. The healthcare provider may use a microscope to observe the skin to determine the presence of fungi. In some cases, a sample of the skin may be taken for further analysis. A culture test may also be used to look for infection and verify the presence of fungi.

Treatments for Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot can be treated with over-the-counter and prescription antifungal medications. Topical creams and ointments may be recommended to help control the infection and reduce the symptoms. Keeping the feet dry and clean, avoiding tight and occlusive shoes, and not sharing shoes with other individuals are also important measures to reduce the spread of the infection. In severe cases, oral medication may be prescribed.

Athlete’s Foot is a common skin condition that can cause discomfort and spread quickly if left untreated. It is important to identify the symptoms early and visit a healthcare provider to begin treatment as soon as possible. Proper hygiene and avoiding contact with contaminated items and surfaces will help reduce the risk of infection.

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