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Posted on: September 20, 2015

    Athlete's foot, medically known as tinea pedis, occurs when your feet make contact with and are infected by fungus. These fungi thrive in moist locations like showers, swimming pools and the like. The fungus can also be found on clothing and on floors.  

Causes of Athlete's Foot

  Direct contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. After an infection begins, it normally spreads to the sole of the feet or even to the toenails. This infected skin is more vulnerable to bacteria, which can worsen the condition by causing cellulitis, another type of skin infection. If you are affected by tinea pedis, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Itching

  • Dry Skin

  • Burning

  • Redness

Infections usually start in between the toes, and therefore, the symptoms also start there as well. More severe symptoms include the skin blistering, cracking and peeling. At times when the skin is damp, the affected area may appear white and wet on the surface.  

How to Prevent Athlete's Foot

  Curing athlete's foot can be easy with daily foot care. If you have concerns that the problem is more a non-professional can handle, contact an esthetician. Remember that fungus needs a wet, dark and warm environment, so if your socks get wet, dry them out immediately and/or change your socks.

  • Wash your feet often and be sure to dry your feet well when you are finished.

  • Don't wear anyone's shoes except your own.

  • Buy shoes with good ventilation.

  • Always wear rubber shoes when you visit public swimming pools.

  • Use anti-fungal powders in your shoe to keep your feet dry.

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