Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection of your feet that causes burning, itching and a red rash.
In fact, athlete’s foot is caused by the same fungus that causes jock itch and ringworm. One of the most typical signs of athlete’s foot includes a scaly reddish rash, that appears between your toes, and usually causes itching, stinging and burning.
Remember, athlete’s foot is contagious and can be spread on contaminated floors, towels or clothing.
Athlete’s foot risk factors include:
The symptoms of athlete’s foot can occur almost anywhere on your foot but most commonly will be found between your toes or on your instep.
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection that thrives in a warm, moist environment. It’s easily spread by contact with the fungus in a variety of ways:
Preventing the spread of athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot is easily prevented. If you are susceptible to the fungus, you can avoid an infection by:
The good news is athlete’s foot can be easily diagnosed through a visual exam and discussion of your symptoms.
Treatment for athlete’s foot ordinarily includes the application of an over-the-counter antifungal cream for a minimum of one week.