Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection of the skin of your feet. The fungus, tinea pedis , is contracted from public environments. The fungus then grows in the warm and moist environment of your footwear, and can be difficult to eradicate. A foot inside a shoe is the perfect place for the fungus. The same fungus may also cause "jock itch" in the groin.A common, contagious fungus infection of the skin on the feet between the toes (usually 4th and 5th toes). It is especially common among athletes.
Infection by a trichophyton fungus or yeast. Contributing factors include:
Signs and symptoms
Fungicidal and fungistatic chemicals, used for athlete's foot treatment, frequently fail to contact the fungi in the horny layers of the skin. Topical or oral antifungal drugs are prescribed with growing frequency.
In mild cases of the infection it is important to keep the feet dry by dusting foot powder in shoes and hose. The feet should be bathed frequently and all areas around the toes dried thoroughly.
Many medications are available including miconazole, clotrimazole , etc. Ask your health care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment should be continued for 4 weeks
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