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what athletes foot

Athlete's foot (also known as ringworm of the foot and tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking, and itch of affected areas.

Athletes foot is caused by fungi in the genus Trichophyton and is typically transmitted in moist areas where people walk barefoot, such as showers or bathhouses, however for the Athletes foot fungus to incubate, it requires the foot to remain moist and so is only seen in approximately 0.75% of habitually barefoot people.

Although Athletes foot typically affects the feet, it can infect or spread to other areas of the body.

While the fungus is generally picked up through walking barefoot in an infected area or using an infected towel, Athletes foot infection can be prevented by remaining barefoot as this allows the feet to dry properly and removes the fungus primary incubator which is the warm moist interior of a shoe.

Athlete's foot can be treated by a number of pharmaceuticals (including creams) and other treatments.

Without medication athlete's foot resolves in 30?40% of cases and topical antifungal medication consistently produce much higher percentages of cure.

Athletes foot Conventional treatment typically involves daily or twice daily application of a topical medication in conjunction with proper hygiene measures.

Keeping feet dry and practising good hygiene is crucial to preventing Athletes foot reinfection. Severe or prolonged Athletes foot fungal skin infections may require treatment with oral antifungal medication.

Athletes Foot

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