Athlete's Foot Glossary of Terms

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics have no effect on viral...

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Antifungal: A medication that limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal org...

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Antifungal medication: A drug used to treat fungal infections.

Athlete's foot: A skin infection caused by a fungus called Trichophyton that thrives withi...

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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Diabetes: Usually refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabe...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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Fungal: Pertaining to a fungus. For example, a fungal skin infection.

Fungi: Plural of fungus.

Fungus: A single-celled or multicellular organism. Fungi can be true pathogens (such as hi...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Intertrigo: A superficial skin disorder involving any area of the body where opposing skin...

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Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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Microscopic: An object so small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope (for examp...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Psoriasis: A reddish, scaly rash often located over the surfaces of the elbows, knees, sca...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Sweat: A colorless transparent acidic fluid with a distinctive odor secreted by the small ...

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Therapeutic: Relating to therapeutics, the branch of medicine that is concerned specifical...

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Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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