August 31st, 2010

Athlete’s foot is a very common fungal infection. It affects mostly men and young people. It attacks mainly the area between the toes, the soles of the feet, as well as fingernails, and toenails.

This infection is caused by a fungus called tinea pedis. It lives off the dead skin cells, and thrives in moist, warm places… such as gyms, locker rooms, and swimming pools.

The fungus is very contagious and is easily transmitted by coming into contact with wet floors, or by touching infected shoes or socks.

The skin on our feet is constantly being shed, little bits dropping off all the time. If the dead skin is infected with the athlete’s foot fungus… and someone else walks along the area where this dead skin is, it could stick to their feet, and consequently infect the person with the fungus.

Severe cases of athlete’s foot COULD also affect the groin.

The symptoms are: burning sensation between toes, itching, redness, scaling, blistering.

 
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