Athletes Foot FAQ

Athlete’s Foot FAQ

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is an infection of the feet caused by fungus. The medical term is tinea pedis. It is in the same family as ringworm and jock itch.

What are the signs of Athlete’s foot?

The most common symptom is cracked, flaking, peeling skin between the toes. The affected area is usually red and itchy. You may feel burning and stinging, and there may be blisters, oozing, or crusting in some areas. Occasionally, people will also have these symptoms on their heels, palms, and between their fingers.

Will Athlete’s foot affect my toenails?

Yes, athlete’s foot can spread into your nail bed. This will cause your nail to become discolored, thick, and start to deteriorate and crumble.

Is athlete’s foot contagious?

YES! You can spread it to other areas of your body, such as your groin area, which is commonly referred to as jock itch. You can also spread the fungus to others through direct contact or contact with items such as shoes, stockings, and shower or pool surfaces. You can even get it from your pets.

How did I get Athlete’s foot?

There are many ways to contract athlete’s foot. Some of the most common are through bare feet on shower and bathroom floors, bath mats, pool areas, locker rooms, damp towels, and infected socks and shoes.

Why does the fungus attack my feet?

The fungus thrives in warm, moist, humid environments like sweaty feet.

Do I just need to treat my feet?

You should also treat shoes with an antibacterial spray, as well as disinfect all floors and bathing areas.

Athlete’s Foot Environmental FAQs:

What other areas do I need to treat?

You should disinfect all floors and bathing areas with a hospital grade disinfectant. Make sure that all bath mats are cleaned as well as the inside of tubs and shower stalls.

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What about my shoes?

You should spray a hospital grade disinfectant into the shoes that you wear so that you can remove the fungus in the shoes. You should also try to rotate shoes on a daily basis. This allows each pair of shoes to dry out completely in between wears. Also, try to always wear leather shoes instead of plastic; your feet will sweat less in the leather shoes.