This is a microscopic view of an atlehete's foot fungus.
This is a microscopic view of an atlehete’s foot fungus.

Knowledge is Power – Get Healthy Feet!

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking, and itch of affected areas. It is caused by fungi in the genus Trichophyton and is typically transmitted in moist areas where people walk barefoot, such as showers or bathhouses. Although the condition typically affects the feet, it can spread to other areas of the body, including the groin. Athlete’s foot can be treated by a number of pharmaceutical and other treatments. Athlete’s foot causes scaling, flaking, and itching of the affected skin. Blisters and cracked skin may also occur, leading to exposed raw tissue, pain, swelling, and inflammation. Secondary bacterial infection can accompany the fungal infection, sometimes requiring a course of oral antibiotics.

Locker Rooms, Health Clubs and Showers are prime transmission places for Athlete's Foot.
Locker Rooms, Health Clubs and Showers are prime transmission places for Athlete’s Foot.

Transmission of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a communicable disease caused by a parasitic fungus in the genus Trichophyton, either Trichophyton rubrum or Trichophyton mentagrophytes. It is typically transmitted person-to-person in moist environments where people walk barefoot, such as showers, bath houses, and locker rooms. It can also be transmitted by sharing footwear with an infected person, or less commonly, by sharing towels with an infected person.

Runners and other Athletes have to be particularly careful about Foot Hygiene.
Runners and other Athletes have to be particularly careful about Foot Hygiene.

Prevention and Treatments

The fungi that cause athlete’s foot can live on shower floors, wet towels, and footwear, and can spread from person to person from shared contact with showers, towels, etc.

Hygiene, therefore, plays an important role in managing an athlete’s foot infection. Since fungi thrive in moist environments, keeping feet and footwear as dry as possible, and avoiding sharing towels, etc., aids prevention of primary infection. Conventional treatment typically involves daily or twice daily application of a topical medication.

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