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Athlete's foot is a term used to describe a type of fungal infection of the feet. The medical term for athlete's foot is tinea pedis.
Athlete's foot is a very common skin condition. Many people will develop it at least once in their lives. Athlete's foot occurs mostly among teenage and adult males. It is uncommon in women and children under the age of 12.
Athlete's foot should not be ignored it can be easily treated, but it also can be very resistant to treatment.
Moisture, sweat and lack of proper ventilation of the feet, create the perfect environment for the fungus to grow.
Symptoms of Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's foot can affect people in different ways. Some of the most common symptoms are: itching, scaling, peeling and cracking of the skin between the toes, redness and even blisters on the soles or along the sides of the feet.
Why does Athlete's Foot develop?
The fungi that cause athlete's foot grows in moist, damp places. Sweaty feet, not drying feet well after swimming or bathing, tight shoes and socks, and a warm climate can all contribute to the development of athlete's foot.
Toenail infections can also accompany athlete's foot. Toenail infections can be very difficult to treat and often result in scaling, crumbling and thickening of the nails, or even nail loss.
How is athlete's foot diagnosed?
Your foot specialist will examine your feet. This examination may include a scraping of the skin on your feet. The skin samples are then often examined under a microscope or placed in special substances to look for growth of the fungus.
How is athlete's foot treated?
If you have been diagnosed with athlete's foot, treatment should begin immediately. Your foot specialist will prescribe a suitable medication for you.
Can Athlete's Foot be prevented?
Yes. The best way to prevent athlete's foot is to:
1. Wash your feet every day
2. Dry your feet thoroughly, and keep them dry.
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