Athlete's Foot

Also called: Tinea pedis

Athlete's foot is a common infection caused by a fungus. It most often affects the space between the toes. Symptoms include itching, burning, and cracked, scaly skin between your toes.

You can get athlete's foot from damp surfaces, such as showers, swimming pools, and locker room floors. To prevent it

  • Keep your feet clean, dry, and cool
  • Wear clean socks
  • Don't walk barefoot in public areas
  • Wear flip-flops in locker room showers
  • Keep your toenails clean and clipped short

Treatments include over-the-counter antifungal creams for most cases and prescription medicines for more serious infections. These usually clear up the infection, but it can come back.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Symptoms of Athlete's Foot

The following features are indicative of Athlete's Foot:
  • itching
  • scaling
  • redness

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Common Causes of Athlete's Foot

The following are the most common causes of Athlete's Foot:
  • dermatophyte infection
  • Trichophyton rubrum mold
  • Epidermophyton floccosum mold

Risk Factors for Athlete's Foot

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Athlete's Foot:
  • weakened immune system
  • diabetic patients
  • abnormal sweating
  • adults
  • industrial workers

Prevention of Athlete's Foot

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Athlete's Foot. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • wear clean socks
  • feet should be kept clean and dry
  • toenails should be clipped short

Occurrence of Athlete's Foot

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Athlete's Foot cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Athlete's Foot can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Athlete's Foot can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Athlete's Foot

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Athlete's Foot:
  • Scrapings: To view if fungi are present
  • Visual exam: To diagnose the athlete's foot

Doctor for Diagnosis of Athlete's Foot

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Athlete's Foot:
  • Podiatrist
  • Chiropodist
  • General practitioner

Complications of Athlete's Foot if untreated

Yes, Athlete's Foot causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Athlete's Foot is left untreated:
  • large painful fissures may develop
  • thickening and yellowing of the nail can occur
  • jock itch
  • ringworm
  • toenail fungus

Self-care for Athlete's Foot

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Athlete's Foot:
  • Adopt hygienic techniques: By keeping the toenails short and clean helps in prevention of athlete’s foot
  • Change socks regularly: Prevents athlete's foot
  • Don't share shoes: Lowers the risks of spreading fungal infection
  • Avoiding tight-fitting footwear: Prevents athlete's foot and reduce recurrence
  • Avoid walking barefoot: Do Not walk barefoot in locker rooms or public showers helps in prevention of athlete’s foot

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Athlete's Foot

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Athlete's Foot:
  • Apply cider vinegar or tea tree oil: Helps in treating athlete's foot

Patient Support for Treatment of Athlete's Foot

The following actions may help Athlete's Foot patients:
  • Education and information: By knowing about the disease helps in prevention of athlete's foot

Time for Treatment of Athlete's Foot

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Athlete's Foot to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

Is Athlete's Foot Infectious?

Yes, Athlete's Foot is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • direct contact
  • indirect contact

Related Topics

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Athlete's Foot.

Related Topics

Foot Health
Tinea Infections

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