Athelete's foot - Symptoms, Causes, and treatment of Athelete's foot


Description of Athelete's foot

Athelete's foot is a fungal infection of the skin of the foot, particularly occurring between the toes and often due to RINGWORM.

Persons most commonly affected by Athelete's foot - older children and adults of both sexes and all age groups.

Organ or part of body involved in Athelete's foot - foot.

Symptoms and indications of Athelete's foot

The appearance of damp, white or grayish coloured skin, red patches and dead skin on the soles of the feet and between the toes.

Treatment of Athelete's foot

Treatment of Athelete's foot involves paying special attention to hygiene, especially washing and drying the feet thoroughly at least once a day or more frequently if they become sweaty. An antifungal cream, ointment or dusting powder, which may be prescribed by a doctor but can also be bought over the counter, should be applied to affected skin. Socks should be of cotton or other natural fibres, and shoes worn that allow air to circulate as much as possible (ideally, sandals). The condition usually clears up in two or three weeks but may recur.

Causes and risk factors of Athelete's foot

The cause is a species of fungus.


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