Athlete's Foot

By: Ali Gorman
By: Ali Gorman

Athlete's Foot is a common skin condition caused by a fungus. The fungus grows in warm, moist, dark places like in between toes.

It causes a dry, scaling rash that burns and itches. The skin may also start to crack and peel.

Dr. Wycoff of Sparrow Health System says the fungus is contagious, and it can be spread by toweling off your feet and then drying another body area.

Although anyone can get Athlete's Foot, it is seen more commonly in athletes because they tend to spend time by swimming pools and in locker rooms.

It's an easily treatable condition with over-the-counter creams, powders, and ointments. If it does not clear up within a week, you should visit your doctor.

The best way to prevent getting Athlete's Foot is to keep your feet clean and dry; wear white, cotton socks with athletic shoes, and wear flip-flops or shower-shoes while in locker rooms to avoid touching the wet tile.


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