Fungus (plural: fungi) is a group of microorganisms that must absorb nutrients from other sources. One of the most common locations for fungal infections on people is their feet.
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the skin. This contagious infection can extend into the toenails, which is called onychomycosis. The fungus can also be transmitted to other people.
The fungus thrives on the foot because it prefers areas that are warm and moist. Wearing well-ventilated shoes and moisture-wicking socks can help keep the feet dry. Be sure to keep the space between your toes dry.
Shower shoes in public locker rooms can help prevent the spread of this infection. Even the way socks are laundered is important.
Examine your feet. Seek medical attention if you see excessively dry or flaky skin, blisters, or a break in the skin.
These unsightly conditions can itch and become painful. When caught early, fungus may clear up with simple measures. If left untreated, it can cause a more serious bacterial infection.
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