Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a common persistent infection of the foot caused by a microscopic fungus that lives on dead tissue of the hair, toenails, and outer skin layers (dermatophyte). These fungi thrive in warm, dark, moist environments such as shoes, stockings, and the floors of public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools.
Athlete’s foot is transmitted through contact with a cut or abrasion on the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot. In rare cases, the fungus is transmitted from infected animals to humans.
Symptoms & Causes of Athlete’s Foot:
- Excessive sweating
- More common in the summertime due to warmer weather
- A person does not have to be an athlete to develop athlete’s foot.
- Microscopic fungus that lives on dead tissue
- Contact with a cut or abrasion
- Most common in men from the teens to the middle age
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