Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection that mostly affects the feet, with the potential to spread to toenails and hands. The fungus thrives in warm, humid, and dark environments, which makes athletes more prone to the infection. Communal showers, swimming pools, and locker rooms are hotbeds for the bacteria.
Symptoms include itchy rashes and red, scaly patches between the toes and on the foot. Inflammation and blisters may also occur, which is why timely treatment is advised.
Athlete’s foot can be prevented by keeping your feet covered as much as possible, especially on wet or damp floors. Talcum powder, airy shoes, and proper socks can also aid in prevention.
Treatment includes fungicidal and fungistatic chemical creams. However, for persistent cases of athlete’s foot, oral or topical antifungal drugs may be prescribed.