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Athlete's Foot

Also called: Tinea pedis
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Athlete's foot is a common infection caused by a fungus. It most often affects the space between the toes. Symptoms include itching, burning, and cracked, scaly skin between your toes.

You can get athlete's foot from damp surfaces, such as showers, swimming pools, and locker room floors. To prevent it

  • Keep your feet clean, dry, and cool
  • Wear clean socks
  • Don't walk barefoot in public areas
  • Wear flip-flops in locker room showers
  • Keep your toenails clean and clipped short

Treatments include over-the-counter antifungal creams for most cases and prescription medicines for more serious infections. These usually clear up the infection, but it can come back.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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  • (American Podiatric Medical Association)
  • (American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons) Also in
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Prevention and Risk Factors

  • (American Academy of Dermatology)
  • (American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


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Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

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  • (American Academy of Dermatology)
  • From the National Institutes of Health


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