- Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that occurs on the foot and thrives in dark, moist environments.
- It is caused by the same fungi (dermatophytes) that causes ringworm or jock itch and is spread through contact with an infected person or contaminated surface.
- The most common symptoms are a painful itchy and scaly rash. The skin will thicken, become inflamed, discolored, and may even develop blisters.
- You can treat athlete’s foot with over-the-counter or prescribed medication, even antibiotics if necessary.
Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis (or ringworm), is a highly contagious fungal skin infection that develops on the top outer layer of skin on the foot. The rash most commonly crops up in moist, dark areas, such as between the toes where air can’t promote healing.
Gym showers, swimming pools, locker rooms, and any environment where people are likely to be walking barefoot, are all hot spots for athlete’s foot exposure. The fungus contaminates a surface as it transfers from one infected foot to the next one that comes along. Here’s a look into the types, symptoms, causes, and treatment options, as well as some prevention tips…
Types of Athlete’s Foot
Toe Web Infection
A toe web infection is sometimes referred to as an interdigital infection by doctors. This is basically just a fancy way of saying the infection is between fingers or toes, explains WebMD. It will likely appear between the fourth and fifth (i.e. pinkie) toe. If it does, WebMD warns that sometimes bacteria can take hold and make the infection worse.
One of the telltale signs of a toe web infection is a burning sensation between the toes. “The skin may be red, peeling, or scaly, and the rash may smell or give off discharge,” writes the source. If the infection is extraordinarily bad, it can even make the skin green.