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Understanding Athletes Foot

Athlete's Foot - common name for a fungal infection between your toes What is Athlete's foot? 

Athlete's foot is the common name for a fungal infection between your toes. The medical name for it is tinea pedis. If you're suffering from athlete's foot you will see a red, itchy rash between your toes and you may also notice dry, flaky or scaly skin. When irritated the rash can cause a stinging or burning sensation.

What causes Athletes foot?

It comes from the same family as other fungal infections such as ringworm and jock itch, but is athlete's foot when it appears on your feet. Fungal infections happen in warm, moist places on your body where the harmless bacteria and fungi on your skin multiply and your skin becomes infected.

Athlete's foot is infectious and can easily spread to others. It can be picked up in communal places such as showers and swimming pools. It is most common in men and teenagers but anyone can get it. Some people may get fungal foot infections more often than others. The reason is not known but it may be down to factors like playing more sport.

How to treat Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's foot can easily be treated at home and will usually clear up in a few weeks. There are a number of foot care products on the market but carefully washing and drying your feet and keeping your feet dry and able to breathe will help. A variety of anti-fungal treatments are available including creams, sprays and powders. After cleaning and drying feet apply these as per the instructions on the packaging.

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