What Is Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's foot is technically known as tinea pedis. It’s a fungal infection that generally begins between the toes. It is closely related to other fungal infections such as jock itch and ringworm.
It usually appears as a scaly rash that becomes itchy, stings and has a burning sensation. It is contagious and can be spread via contaminated floors like gym showers, towels or clothing.
Sometimes people also get blisters or ulcers. It’s sometimes mistaken for eczema or dry skin.
It can spread to your other foot or even to your hand or your nails or groin area, especially if you scratch or pick at the infected parts of your feet.
You should suspect that you have athlete’s foot if your notice a rash on your foot that doesn't improve within a few weeks. You may like to consult a doctor to confirm that it is athlete’s foot. You should do this early, especially if you have diabetes or if you notice excessive redness, swelling, drainage or fever.
What Causes Athlete's Foot?
Tight-fitting shoes, which cause people’s feet to become sweaty, often seem to lead to development of this condition. This is because the fungal growth is hastened by damp socks and shoes and warm, humid conditions.