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Athlete’s Foot

 

Athlete’s foot is a contagious skin infection of the foot usually affecting the area between the toes, the soles or the sides of the feet.

Causes

  • Fungus called dermatophytes
  • Feet that remain warm and moist for long periods
  • Wearing shoes that do not let the feet breathe for long periods
  • Contact with infected skin

Symptoms

  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Scaling or flaking
  • Rash
  • Cracks
  • Blisters

Treatment

  • Keeping feet clean and dry
  • Topical antifungal creams, sprays, liquids or powders
  • Sometimes, oral medications

Prevention

  • Keeping feet clean and dry
  • Wearing well ventilated or open toed shoes
  • Changing shoes and socks after work out
  • Not walking barefoot in public places like bathrooms and pools
  • Washing socks in hot water and changing them daily
  • Avoid sharing towels and shoes
 

  
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