What is athlete's foot, the summer infection?
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Athlete's foot is a dermatological infection in the feet that usually affects the toes or the space between them, caused by fungi or yeasts. In addition, among the different fungi that can cause it, those that are especially infectious are: Trichophyton rubrum, T. interdigitale, T. mentagrophytes and Epidermophyton floccosum. It is estimated that approximately 70% of the world's population has experienced an episode of this infection at some point in their lives, regardless of the person's age or gender. In fact, it is considered that it is expanding worldwide.
Currently a third of people with athlete's foot have a concomitant nail infection, especially in athletes - hence its name. And it is that this is related to the conditions to which athletes' feet are subjected due to the use of sports shoes for long hours: humid and hot weather, continuous use of occlusive footwear, excess sweating, having wet feet for a while excessive or injury to nails or feet.
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