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No Escape Fungus Also known as Tinea Pedis, athletes foot can last for as long as it pleases, or even return regularly after the first strike as it usually does since it’s the most common type of fungal infection. It’s a fungus that grows mainly on your foot but may spread to the palms of the hands and between the fingers.

RISK FACTORS The deadliest place for the foot to remain in while infected are warm, moist places. This includes closed shoes, especially plastic lined ones, and if your feet are constantly sweating due to exercise and such. Prolonged periods of the foot being wet creates a powerful environment for the fungus to grow. A minor skin or nail injury can also open up a vulnerable spot for the infection to seep into the skin, as well as if someone with an open wound comes into contact with an infected person it can be passed on as it is highly contagious. It may also be caught through contact with shoes, stockings, and pool/shower surfaces.

The green fungus is visible on the feet as it grows and covers the entire foot.

Symptoms and Treatment The most commonly noticed symptom are cracked, flaky, peeling skin in the affected area. Red, itchy, burning, stinging, or oozey blisters also indicate an infection. If it’s under the nail, they turn discolored, thick, and crumbley. Over-the-counter powders and creams are given to treat the

Wearing flip-flops while walking around at the pool or in the locker rooms taking a shower, because days go by before the water resting on the floor is cleaned up or sanitized.

infection, and are used for 1-2 weeks even after the skin has cleared. Antibiotics may be prescribed to infection occurring from scratching. Take precautions by keeping feet clean and dry, especially between toes. Wash feet twice daily with soap, and always wear clean cotton socks. http:// pubmedhealth/

A severe case of athletes foot, where the nails were affected and are shown crusty and thick.