Causes of Athletes Foot

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Causes of Athletes Foot

Athlete’s foot is caused by fungi in the genus Trichophyton.

This fungus lives on the dead tissues of the hair, nails, and the outer skin layers. The fungi that cause this condition thrive in warm, moist areas.

Susceptibility to athlete’s foot infection is increased by-

  • Poor hygiene
  • Tight and closed footwear
  • Prolonged moist skin
  • Minor skin or nail injuries.

This infection is contagious, and can spread through direct contact, or contact with items such as shoes, stockings, and shower or swimming pool surfaces. They also can be transmitted from contact with pets that carry the fungus. Athlete's foot infection may be a short or long-term infection and may recur after treatment.

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A friend had athlete's foot once and he treated it with an anti-fungal cream. I forgot what's the name. But it's very effective. He is now athlete's foot free.

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