What Is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is the most common fungal skin infection, and usually begins between the toes. It is closely related to other fungal skin infections like jock itch and ringworm, as well as fungal toenails. (All are caused by the same kinds of fungi, so they can actually spread from one place to another.)
These fungi thrive in warm and moist environments, and spread quickly through direct contact with infected surfaces. This includes the insides of shoes, especially for those who sweat a lot (such as athletes), as well places like locker rooms, pools, showers, and restrooms.
What Are the Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot may sometimes be difficult to distinguish from other kinds of skin infections, such as eczema or psoriasis. If you aren’t sure about what you have or how to deal with it, it’s never a bad idea to give our office a call.
One of the first signs of athlete’s foot is that the skin on the affected area will be moist and pale white. You may also experience itching and burning in the affected area. As athlete’s foot progresses, your skin may even peel and crack.
There are three types of athlete’s foot, and each one may affect your feet differently: