Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot doesn't discriminate. It afflicts both couch potatoes and toned jocks with equal vigor. Athlete's foot, tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that causes inflammation, itching, blisters, scaling, and burning of the feet and toes. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments, including the inside of shoes and gym locker rooms. It is the same fungus that causes jock itch and ringworm.

Athlete's foot is contagious and can be passed along on towels, shower floors, and so on. But most people get athlete's foot from wearing sweaty socks and shoes. People who have taken antibiotics for two weeks or longer are susceptible to athlete's foot because the drugs kill the good bacteria that help prevent foot fungal infection.

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