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Athlete’s foot is a common and uncomfortable fungal infection. It’s also highly contagious and can be spread through direct skin-to-skin contact as well as indirect contact. Athlete’s foot can be spread directly, such as when an uninfected person touches the infected area of someone who has it. It can also be spread indirectly through contaminated surfaces, clothing, socks, shoes, bedsheets, and towels.
Damp, warm, humid areas are known to be more susceptible to carrying the fungal infection. That being said, use caution around swimming pools and communal showers to avoid picking up athlete’s foot. If you know you have a weakened immune system, always exercise caution around these types of environments.
Those with athlete’s foot may experience symptoms such as redness, itching, cracking, dryness, flakiness, or scaliness on the skin between the toes or other areas of the foot. Oozing, crusting, swelling, and blisters are other symptoms that may arise.
If your athlete’s foot goes untreated, there’s a high risk that it may spread from toe to toe or even affect your toenails. With this in mind, we highly recommend that you schedule an appointment with us.
If you or someone you know has athlete’s foot, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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