Athlete’s foot is a common skin condition in which the skin between the toes becomes itchy and sore, may crack and peel away, and occasionally blisters.
The webs between the fourth and fifth toes are most often involved. Athlete’s foot is rare in young children and is associated with wearing shoes and sweating; the condition is rare where most people go barefoot.
What are the causes?
Athlete’s foot is usually caused by a dermatophyte ( a fungal ) infection, known medically as tinae pedis, but may be caused by bacteria.
Secondary infection occurring through skin cracks is bacterial.
Athlete’s foot sometimes clears up without medication.
• Careful drying of the affected area is necessary.
• Wearing dry cotton socks or sandals may help.
• Disinfecting the floors of showers and locker rooms help control the spread of infection.
Most fungal infections respond to treatment with antifungal drugs, such as fluconazole, tolnaftate, or miconazole.