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Athlete's Foot

Alternate Names : Tinea Pedis, Dermatophytosis

Athlete's Foot | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the disease?

To prevent this condition:

  • use an antifungal powder in the shoes
  • wash socks in an antifungal solution
  • change socks daily
  • wash feet regularly with soap and water, and dry completely with a clean towel or cloth
  • What are the long-term effects of the disease?

    Symptoms, such as itching, can linger. Sometimes this limits a person's ability to comfortably perform his or her daily routine. The most dangerous long-term effect would be a bacterial infection caused by skin breakdown.

    What are the risks to others?

    Athlete's foot is thought to be mildly contagious. Many people who are exposed to it do not develop athlete's foot, however. Some healthcare providers advise wearing foot thongs or sandals in public showers and locker rooms. This may help reduce the risk of catching athlete's foot.

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    Athlete's Foot: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Bill O'Halloran, DPM
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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