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Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a skin condition caused by a fungus. This condition can also lead to mycotic nails.

Symptoms

  • Peeling, cracking, and scaling of the feet.
  • Redness, blisters, or softening and breaking down of the skin.
  • Itching, burning, or both.

Causes

Athlete's Foot is a contagious fungus that is caused by wearing wet and humid socks and shoes which causes the fungus to grow.

Diagnosis

Your podiatrist may take a scraping or sample or may also order a culture to determine if you have athlete's foot or dermatitis, psoriasis or another infection of the skin.

Treatment

Medications, anti-fungal products and lotions are used to treat athlete's foot.

Prevention

Be sure to dry your feet after showering or swimming.  Change your socks if they become moist.  Wear cotton socks and shoes that breathe, never share socks and avoid walking barefoot.