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What is athletes foot? Athletes foot is an infection of the skin and feet that can be caused by a variety of different fungi. The fungi can affect any area of the foot, but typically appears in between the toes. This can cause very red and irritated skin. Anyone can be diagnosed with the disease. It is mostly commonly found on people who exercise, or perform any physical activity. The disease has many symptoms, but can also be treated very easily. The causes of the disease can be from everyday life activities, and the effects of the disease can be irritating. Having athletes foot is not life threatening, but is something no one wants to go through.
Athletes foot, what really is the disease? It is a very common skin condition that affects the sole of the foot and the skin between the toes. Even though it is mostly caused by fungal infections, other causes may be indistinguishable without proper testing. The medical term for the disease is tinea pedis. Although it can mostly be caused by physical activities, it can be found in places a person would never expect. One shocking place is an airport security line!” The fungi can also be spread directly from person to person by contact. Most people acquire fungus on the feet from walking barefoot in areas where someone else with athletes foot has walked.” Medicine net.com said. This was extremely nerve racking to think that this disease can just be spread by where another person walks. There is a chance that a person can be prone to this disease, while others can seem relatively resistant to the condition. 70% of the world should get the disease in their lifetime, but an infection by athletes foot fungi does not produce any resistance to following infections.
The causes of the nasty foot infection can be found in regular places. What can really cause it and help it grow, thats the question. The fungus multiplies in dark, warm, moist places, specifically a shoe. Just think about it, a shoe is worn every day and can get into who knows what. By time passes the shoe will most likely contain dirt and a whole lot of sweat. The shoe can kind of act as a microwave, the disease is just heating your foot. Once the microwave is done, for example popcorn is the result, but in this case its the oozing, scaly disease, known as athletes foot. Some specific risk factors that can cause the disease are a history of the infection, sweaty feet, and hot or humid weather. These factors definitely can be major contributors to the reasons why athletes foot is so common, and easily caught by many people.
Symptoms from the disease can be very irritating. Although some people have severe discomfort, others have few or no symptoms. Toe web infection is the most common form of the disease, it usually occurs between the two smallest toes. The infection can begin with skin that seems soft, moist, and pale white. Then it can start to cause itching and burning, with an odor. The skin between the toes can become scaly, peels, and cracks. The infection can become so severe, that a bacterial infection is usually present, which causes further skin breakdown and a nasty odor. There is second type of specific infection, which is the moccasin-type infection. Also begins with small irritation. Then gradually starting to thicken, scaling, cracks, and peeling skin on the sole. In some crazy situations the toenails can become infected then eventually may fall off. Also this disease can appear on the palms of a persons hand. The last type of specific disease of athletes foot is vesicular infection. This is the least common infection. This begins with a sudden outbreak of fluid-filled blisters under the skin. This infection can occur again in the same spot the first infection took place, and is accompanied by a bacterial infection in severe places. A good thing about these symptoms is they can all be treated.
There are many treatments or home remedies for the infection of athletes