The athlete's foot is a contagious fungal infection which is also known as Pedis. This fungal infection affects the skin on the foot and can spread to the toenails and hands. This infection is mostly seen in athletes hence the name.
The fungus usually grows on the feet and spread through direct contact with an infected person or by rubbing or touching any surface that has been contaminated with the fungus. The fungus lives and multiplies in warm and moist environments like around swimming pools, showers, and locker room floors.
Some behaviors that increase your risk of infection are walking barefoot particularly around swimming pools and showers, sharing items like shoes, socks, or towels with an infected person, foot injury, sweaty feet, and having wet feet for long periods.
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There are a lot of symptoms of an athlete foot infection. Some of them may come in form of itching or stinging on the soles of your feet or between your toes. It can also appear in form of blisters. Another sign of the infection peeling and cracking of the skin between your toes and the soles of your feet. The skin on your feet can also look raw and discolored. Your toenails can also fall off.
Though an athlete's foot infection is not life-threatening, it can cause a lot of discomfort for an infected person unless it is treated. Major forms of treatment include soaking your feet in warm water diluted with vinegar, over-the-counter treatments like butenafine (Lotrimin Ultra), tolnaftate(Tinactin), etc. If any of the above-mentioned methods do not work, please see a doctor for some prescription medications.
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