athlete's foot


An infection on the foot caused by fungus. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot exists on floors (think locker rooms) and it spreads easily through contact. Exposure to the fungus does not guarantee its growth; conditions must be right for the fungus to spread.

Keywords:   athlete's foot     feet     nail diseases  

Required Reading

Under the Microscope: Athlete’s Foot

January 13, 2011

This common infection of the feet is most often characterized by cracked, flaking, and peeling skin between the toes.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

February 1, 2008

This common infection of the feet is most often characterized by cracked, flaking, peeling skin between the toes. In the majority of cases, it responds well to self care.

What's the Diagnosis: Dry Skin or Athlete's Foot?

September 1, 2003

Think someone wiht athlete's foot would never come in for a pedicure? Think again. What you and your clients desdribe and treat as dry skin might actually be a mild, but still contagious, case of athlete's foot.

Identifying and Understanding Common Skin Disorders

June 1, 1995

Skin problems come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. You may not be a dermatologist, but you can still handle these problems with confidence and without risk to yourself or your business.

Should toenails be removed on fee that are experiencing chronic athlete's foot?

January 1, 1995

I have recently noticed that several of my toenails are undergoing a thickening condition, which I originally thought was due to aging. However, upon consulting a foot doctor, I have learned that this condition is due to a fungus and is probably related to on-again, off-again athlete’s foot, which I have tried to control with over-the-counter medications. The foot doctor suggests removing the toenails permanently as opposed to ingesting a medication which he says would kill the fungus but ruin my liver.

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