Athletes Foot

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Information on Athletes foot.

1.) What Causes Athletes foot? Athlete's foot is closely related to other fungal infections, including ringworm and jock itch. A group of mold-like fungi called dermatophytes causes these infections. These microscopic organisms are normal inhabitants of your skin, and their growth stays in check as long as your skin is clean and dry.

2.) Transmission of the disease? Athlete's foot is mildly contagious. It can be spread through direct contact with the infection and by skin particles left on towels, shoes, or floors

3.) How contagious is the disease? Athlete's foot is contagious. It's often spread in damp areas, such as public showers or pool areas.

4.) How virulent is your disease? it is not deadly at all.

5.) What are the symptoms of your disease? Itching, stinging and burning between your toes, Itching, stinging and burning on the soles of your feet, Itchy blisters, Cracking and peeling skin, especially between your toes and on the soles of your feet, Excessive dryness of the skin on the bottoms or sides of the feet, Toenails that are thick, crumbly, ragged, discolored or pulling away from the nail bed

6.) How is your disease properly diagnosed? Most cases of athlete's foot can be cured with over-the-counter antifungal products and basic good hygiene. Wash and dry your feet (including between the toes) every morning and evening, change socks or stockings daily, and don't wear the same shoes day after day to allow them time to dry completely before wearing them again.

7.) What is the treatment for your disease? Nonprescription antifungals include terbinafine (Lamisil AT), miconazole (Micatin),clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF), and tolnaftate (Tinactin). These medicines are creams, lotions, solutions, gels, sprays, ointments, swabs, or powders that are applied to the skin (topical medicine). Treatment will last from 1 to 6 weeks.

8.) How successful is the treatment? How you treat athlete's foot (tinea pedis) depends on its type and severity.

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