Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the toes. It occurs due to heat and humidity when a person suffers from perspiration and wears tight shoes. Athlete's foot is transmitted through contaminated towels, clothing or shoes. It can affect one or both feet and can spread from the foot to other parts of the body. The fungus that causes jock itch 'Dermatophyte' also causes athlete's foot.
Athlete's foot is caused by contagious fungi called dermatophytes. It spreads through direct contact with infected individuals or contaminated surfaces. Warm and humid environments, tight footwear, and walking barefoot in public areas contribute to its development.
Athlete's foot can be prevented or you can avoid spreading it to others with the following tips:
The most common symptoms of athlete's foot are:
Treatment to cure athlete's foot includes antifungal cream or tablets such as:
Topical medications: ketoconazole, cycloprox and Naftifine.
Oral medications: Terbinafine.
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