What Causes Athlete’s Foot and How Do You Know If You Have It?

November 6, 2013 by Admin

A common fungal infection, athlete’s foot is caused by a type of ringworm that targets the outer layer of skin of the foot. Found almost exclusively in warm, moist environments, the fungus grows on floors and on clothes and is spread when someone steps on it with their bare feet.

Although it is not a serious medical condition, athlete’s foot or tinea pedi often causes burning, stinging, and itching. Fortunately, the infection is not contagious and can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Treatment should begin as soon as possible, since athlete’s foot can spread to the hands.

How do you know you have it?

Because symptoms vary greatly from patient to patient, some sufferers confuse tinea pedi for a rash. But there are a few simple ways to differentiate the two. First and most important, athlete’s foot is far more likely to affect the skin between toes, since it is generally warmer and moister than exposed skin. In most cases, there is also a stinging and burning sensation that is seldom experienced with mere rashes. Lastly, rashes rarely cause dry, flaky, scaly skin, but tinea pedi does!

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