A common, contagious fungus infection of the skin on
the feet, especially the soles and skin between toes
(often the 4th and 5th toes). It usually affects adolescents
and adults (rare in young children).
Signs and Symptoms of Athlete's foot
Moist, soft, gray-white or red scales on feet, especially
Dead skin between toes.
Itching in inflamed areas.
Damp, musty foot odor.
Small blisters on the feet (sometimes).
Infection by a Trichophyton fungus.
Risk increases with
Infrequent washing of the feet.
Infrequent changes of shoes or socks.
Use of locker rooms and public showers.
Hot, humid weather.
People who are immunosuppressed due to illness or
Persistent moisture around the feet.
Bathe feet daily. Dry thoroughly between the toes and
apply drying or dusting powder.
Wear rubber thongs or wooden sandals in public
Go barefoot when possible.
Change socks daily and wear socks made of cotton,
wool or other natural, absorbent fibers. Avoid synthetics.
Usually curable in 3 weeks with treatment, but recurrence
Secondary bacterial infection in the affected area.
Id reaction on hands and face (a rare skin rash).
Athlete's foot treatment
After soaking or bathing, carefully remove scales and
material between the toes daily.
Keep affected areas cool and dry. Go barefoot or wear
sandals during treatment.
Use non-prescription antifungal powders, creams or ointments after each bath.