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Athlete's Foot (cont.)

Diagnosis of Athlete's Foot

The accurate diagnosis of athlete's foot can rarely be made simply by looking at the rash. The diagnosis can also be confirmed by looking at scrapings of the infected area of the foot under a microscope. The doctor will see microscopic fungal branches on the slide.

If the doctor suspects a secondary bacterial infection, he will add the proper antibiotic.

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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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