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Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot facts

  • Athlete's foot is a common disorder of the feet characterized by scaling and/or blistering of the soles, fissures of the toe webs, and itching.
  • When caused by a fungus, athlete's foot may spread to the palms, groin, and body.
  • Fungal infections of the feet are contagious and can be spread person to person or by walking on contaminated floors.
  • Other causes of athlete's foot include contact allergy, erythrasma, bacterial infection, pompholyx, intertrigo, and occasionally psoriasis.
  • When athlete's foot is caused by a fungus, it can be treated with antifungal medications, many of which are available without a prescription.
  • Keeping the feet dry by using cotton socks and breathable shoes can help prevent athlete's foot.
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Reviewed on 7/14/2017

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