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Athlete's Foot (cont.)

Athlete's Foot Causes

Patient Comments

Dermatitis affecting the foot can be caused by contact allergens, irritants, sweat and heat rash (intertrigo), poorly fitting shoes, psoriasis, hypersensitivity reactions, interdigital bacterial toe web infections, and fungal infections.

Fungi (either yeasts or molds) are a common cause of athlete's foot.

  • These fungi can be contracted by sharing the shoes or socks of an infected person.
  • They need a warm moist environment to flourish and can be found growing on the floors of locker rooms and public showers and in swimming pools and whirlpools.
  • Athlete's foot seems to be relatively uncommon in humans who rarely wear closed shoes. It is most common is older adult males.

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Athlete's Foot - Cause

Was the cause of your athlete's foot a condition (psoriasis, fungal infection, contact allergens) or poorly fitting shoes, sharing socks and shoes, or using public shower facilities?

Athlete's Foot - Symptoms

How long did the symptoms of your athlete's foot last? Was there anything that helped with symptom relief?

Athlete's Foot - Treatment

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