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Athlete's foot is a skin infection that affects many people. It is a health problem that can be prevented and treated.
Athlete's foot is a skin infection of the feet caused by microscopic fungi belonging to the dermatophyte family. It's medical term is Tinea pedis.
Contrary to popular belief, the infection does not only affect athletes! Everyone can be affected by it at one time or another. Young adults are often more subject to it than children or older adults. Men are generally more likely to have it than women.
Certain factors can predispose a person to athlete's foot, including:
Typical signs and symptoms of athlete's foot include:
It is best to obtain a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or a podiatrist (a foot health specialist).
Athlete's foot is a contagious condition. The fungi that are responsible for it, spread in warm and moist areas; it can be caught by walking barefoot on shower, bath and pool surfaces or on public locker room floors, for example.
The risks of being contaminated by fungi that cause athlete's foot can be reduced by applying the following preventive measures:
Athlete's foot generally requires a local (topical) treatment. There are several products against athlete's foot available over the counter at the pharmacy. They contain medicine against fungi (antifungal agent), such as miconazole or tolnaftate.
These products come in different formats, such as:
In order to maximize the effects of the chosen product, it is important to properly read and follow the manufacturer's instructions. The treatment should usually last several weeks. If use of an over-the-counter product does not provide the expected results, it is preferable to see a doctor or podiatrist. You may be prescribed other medication.
Don't hesitate to speak your pharmacist for additional information about athlete's foot and its treatment.
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