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Definition

Athlete's foot is a skin disease. It is caused by parasitic fungi. It occurs in between the toes. It grows best in a dark, moist, and warm environment. The perfect place for the athlete’s foot fungus is a foot inside a shoe.

Causes

A fungus known as a dermatophyte causes athlete's foot. This fungus requires a warm and moist environment. Sweaty feet, tight shoes/socks, not drying one’s feet well after swimming, bathing, or exercising all contribute to the development of athlete’s foot. We can get a fungal infection by touching a person who has one.
The fungus can also be transmitted by contact with pets that carry it on their fur.
Most athlete's foot is caused by one of two types of fungus known as-

  • Trichophyton mentagrophytes
  • Trichophyton rubrum.

Symptoms

When the skin is injured by the fungus, bacteria can also invade the skin. These bacteria can cause a bad smell. Bacterial infection of the skin and resulting inflammation is known as cellulitis.
Most commonly, people experience the typical symptoms of athlete’s foot:

  • Itching, most notably in the creases between your toes
  • Redness and scaling of the skin in affected areas
  • Cracked or blistered skin.
  • Blisters or open areas, oozing and crusting.
  • Discoloration, thickening and crumbling of the nails.

Athlete’s foot can sometimes be associated with onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the toenails. Less frequently, this infection may involve painful blistery lesions, which can be weepy and may have a strong odor.

Treatment

Athlete’s foot can be treated naturally, but the process is much longer to obtain relief, and is not always lasting. Athlete’s foot will reoccur if the fungus causing the Athlete's foot is not completely destroyed. Athlete foot cure is done this way .

Treatment for athlete's foot is usually simple and if possible it can be treated at home by using nonprescription medications and taking care of your feet. In mild cases of the infection it is important to keep the feet dry by dusting foot powder in shoes and hose. The feet should be bathed frequently and all areas around the toes dried thoroughly.

A simple powder is an excellent treatment for athlete's foot. The fungus that causes athlete's foot likes to live in moist places. A powder will help keep the foot dry and prevent athlete's foot from becoming a problem.

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