Athlete's foot can be caused by two types of fungus, trichophython mentagrophytes and trichophython rubrum. You can get the disease by coming in contact with the fungus. Athlete's foot grows best in warm, moist areas, like between the toes. Athlete's foot is mildly contagious and you can get it from someone else by coming in direct contact with the infection or in damp areas. You can easily come in contact with the disease through clothes and towels that pieces of the fungi have fallen off on. One of the easiest ways to get infected with athlete's foot is walking around barefooted.
Athlete's foot is easily spread and very hard to get rid of. You can treat it, but it takes a while. Once you treat the infection, it can come back so you should continuously treat it, like you still have the disease, so it doesn't come back. Some symptoms of the disease are itching and burning between the toes and your skin may peel or crack. The symptoms of athlete's foot will depend on what type you have. The main way to treat athlete's foot, depending on how severe it is, is using an antifungal medicine to kill the fungus or slow its growth. Athlete's foot can be treated, over a period of time, if you treat it the right way.