It’s not seen as a serious condition but Athlete’s foot is a persistent, unpleasant but treatable condition. It is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet and can spread to the toenails and sometimes the hands.

It is called Athlete’s Foot because it is common in people who do sport regularly. Some of the conditions encountered such as hot sweaty feet in changing rooms and showers can harbour and spread the disease. People with more sedentary lives can also catch the condition.

People with diabetes or weakened immune systems may be vulnerable if they also get Athlete’s foot and should contact their Doctor.Athlete's foot appearance

Causes of Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot occurs when the tinea fungus grows on the feet. You can catch the fungus through direct contact with an infected person or by touching surfaces contaminated with the fungus. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments and is commonly found in showers, on changing room floors and around swimming pools.

Who can catch Athlete’s foot

Anyone can get athlete’s foot, but there are certain behaviours and factors that increase your risk including the following:

  • Visiting public places barefoot, especially changing rooms, showers, and swimming pools
  • Sharing socks, shoes, or towels with an infected person
  • Wearing tight-fitting, closed-toe shoes
  • Keeping your feet wet for long periods of time
  • Having sweaty feet
  • Having a minor skin or nail injury on your foot

Symptoms of Athlete’s foot

There are many possible symptoms of athlete’s foot. You may experience one or more of the following:

  • Itching, stinging, and burning between the toes
  • Itching, stinging, and burning on the soles of the feet
  • Blisters on the feet that itch
  • Cracking and peeling skin on the feet, most commonly between the toes and on the soles
  • Dry skin on the soles or sides of the feet
  • Raw skin on the feet
  • Discoloured, thick, and crumbly toenails
  • Toenails that pull away from the nail bed

Treatment of Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is treatable with anti-fungal medications in the form of creams. A doctor might prescribe oral anti-fungal drugs or even antibiotics if infection develops due to raw skin and blisters.

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