Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis, is an infection of the skin along the feet that can be caused by a variety of different fungi. Although tinea pedis can affect any portion of the foot, the infection most often affects the space between the toes. Athlete's foot is typically characterized by skin fissures or scales that can be red and itchy.
Tinea pedis is spread through contact with fungi in damp areas (for example, showers, locker rooms, swimming pools, or sweaty, confined shoes). Tinea pedis can be a chronic infection that recurs frequently if not treated properly. Treatment may include topical creams (applied to the affected surface of the skin) or oral medications. Airing out your shoes and feet and practicing basic foot hygiene is also key to preventing athlete's foot.
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