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    Athletes foot is typically harmless, but it is still a foot infection. It is caused by a microscopic ringworm fungus
    that feeds on dead skin, usually found on toes, and other outer skin layers. It could also affect the hand, called
                                                         tinea manuum.
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                                                         Is Athletes Foot Contagious
                                                                    By Low Jeremy



    Athlete's Foot is a very unfair name because it gives a bad name to all athletes. It is a very bad
generalization. As opposed to the name of this widely spread but very curable disease, Athlete's Foot
is not just an athlete's disease. Even non-athletes are prone to this disease caused by a fungus and
that usually occurs between the toes. Anyone who wears shoes can be affected by Athlete's Foot.

When one wears shoes, the environment inside the footwear is warm, dark and humid and these
conditions are perfect for fungus to breed on. Athletes are the ones who often wear shoes and they
also perspire heavily that is why they are common prey of Athlete's Foot. Ordinary people who are
commuters or who do a lot of walking can also be victims of this fungus because outdoor conditions
like pollution and bad weather can take a toll on the feet.

Even when one is not wearing shoes, dampness of areas around common areas like swimming pools,
showers and locker rooms are a favorite hangout of fungi. Avoid spending most of your time in these
areas if you do not need to but if you really have to then request from caretakers of these places to
maintain the cleanliness.

Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness. Spread of fungus or any disease for that matter can be
stopped with just cleanliness as the answer. Also, you can take necessary precautions by practicing
good hygiene on your body at all times and at all costs.

Fungus can be contagious because as the term breed connotes it spreads easily so if you have fungus
make sure you stay away from people until you are cured already. It really is more of your affected
area that you should keep people away from.

And also, you should take care that the other parts of your body will not be affected by the fungus in
your feet. After all you do not want your whole body to be suffering from fungus or your whole team or
your whole family suffering from fungus.

When fungus strikes, treat it right away and then make sure that you wash your feet regularly and dry
them after washing so that it will not strike again. Do not make your body or your surroundings
susceptible to fungus. Doing so will save you the hassle of medications and treatments when fungus

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affects your body.

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                                         Athletes Foot: What It Is and How To Treat It
                                                          By Dr Andrew Schneider



 Athletes foot is a fungal infection, known as Tinea Pedis, that grows in damp sweaty environments.
This is a common condition that occurs in many runners that can be very irritating to deal with. The
infection commonly causes itching, stinging, and burning between toes, as well as peeling, cracking
and blistering skin on the feet. This fungal infection is common in runners as well as many other
athletes (hence it's name) because of the environment it grows in.

The fungus that causes athletes foot can be found on damp contaminated surfaces such as in locker
rooms, bathrooms, and pool areas. It is also contagious, so if a family member has the infection, it can
remain on surfaces to infect others. Athletes foot grows rapidly between toes since it is a moist and
warm area. Runners who pick up athletes foot will then put on socks and shoes and run causing an
even more ideal environment for the fungus to grow in since your feet become even more warm and
sweaty. Add the heat and humidity in Houston and you have the perfect environment for the fungus to
thrive. There are a couple of things you can do to prevent getting athletes foot. Always wear flip-flops
or shower shoes when bathing in public facilities and in bathrooms that you share with someone who
has athletes foot. Whenever you get out of the shower or pool make sure you dry between each toe to
eliminate excess moisture that Athletes foot can thrive in. Socks that are 100% cotton cause your feet
to stay damp when you sweat. You should purchase socks made of a synthetic fiber that can pull
excess moisture away from the foot. Two popular brands are CoolMax and DryMax.

If you get Athletes foot there are over-the-counter antifungal products, such as Lamisil cream, to treat
the infection. To treat the infection, begin by washing your foot, making sure to wash and dry the areas
between the toes. Apply a thin layer of an anti-fungal medication to the affected area as directed on the
label. Most over-the-counter anti-fungal medication can take up to two weeks to heal completely. If you
are not sure which medication to use, or if the over-the-counter medication is not working, contact your
podiatrist.

In addition to treating the infection on your feet, you should also treat your shoes. Having fungus in
your shoes will cause you to reinfect yourself after the Athletes foot has cleared up. Spraying your
shoes with a disinfectant spray, such as Mycomist, will allow the fungus to be controlled and will help to
prevent the infection for reoccurring.



Dr.Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist in private practice in Houston, TX. He is dedicated to maintaining
the health and safety of the feet of athletes and return them to their sport as soon as possible after
injury. For more information about foot health in sports, informative videos, and to order Dr.
Schneider's FREE book, visit http://www.tanglewoodfootspecialists.com/cond/spor.htm and his blog
http://www.HoustonRunDoc.com




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