It is an infection of the feet caused by fungus and medical term is tinea pedis. This condition may last for a short or long time and may recur after treatment.
The most common symptom is cracked skin, flaked and that emerges between the toes or on the sides of the foot. Other symptoms may include:
If the fungus spreads to your nails, they can become discolored, thick, and even crumble.
Athlete's foot may occur at the same time as other fungal skin infections such as ringworm and jock itch.
Your doctor can diagnose athlete's foot simply looking at your skin. If tests are needed, these may include:
Athlete's foot occurs when a certain fungus proliferates on the skin of your feet. In addition to the toes, may also occur on the heels, palms of the hands and between the fingers.
Athlete's foot is the most common type of ringworm fungal infections. The fungus thrives in warm, moist areas. The risk of this condition increases if you:
Athlete's foot is contagious and can be transmitted by direct contact or by contact with items such as shoes, socks and shower or pool surfaces.
To prevent athlete's foot, follow these steps: