What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the upper layer of the skin of the foot, especially when it is warm, moist, and irritated. It is also known as tinea pedi and ringworm of the foot. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is called Trichophyton and is commonly found on floors and in clothing. Athlete’s foot fungus only infects the skin if conditions are right – it requires a warm and moist environment, for example, the inside of a shoe. Athlete’s foot is most commonly found between the toes, it may have a burning and itching sensation, followed by some flaking.
Treatment & Diagnosis of Athlete’s Foot
Most of the time, athlete’s foot can be treated with OTC antifungal medication such as tablets, powders, liquids, sprays and creams. In more severe cases some antifungal topicals or oral medications may be prescribed to you by Dr. Adler.
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