Causes and Symptoms of Athlete's Foot Fungus

There are lots of way it gets spelled and searched for: athlete's foot, athletes foot, athelete's foot, atheletes foot, fungal foot, itching foot, peeling foot, athletic foot. Whichever way, if it's athlete's foot fungus you are interested in, you'll find the information for it right here.

What is interesting about athlete’s foot is that some people still believe that only athlete’s can get it. The fact is that anyone can get it. Some people are more susceptible to athlete's foot fungus than others. But in the right environment and conditions, anybody can get it as it is highly contagious.

The cause of athlete’s foot fungus is a ringworm, called tinea pedis. Despite the name, this is NOT a worm. It is a fungus belonging to the same biological family as molds, yeasts and even mushrooms.

The fungus can be passed from person to person by contact with an infected area of floor or piece of clothing. Itching and burning feet are the typical symptoms of athlete’s foot. Fungus symptoms might include the peeling of skin on the flat surfaces of your foot, like the ball of your foot or the bottom of your toes.

Another typical fungus symptom is the cracking and bleeding of the skin between the toes. As the infection worsens, the skin at the center of the infection can become red and hurt when touched. If the infection is not treated it can progress to a stage where the skin around it becomes white and there could also be a liquidy discharge.

There are more than one type of athlete's foot. In one version called 'moccasin foot', the symptom is a rash that appears on the lower portion of the foot. It is called moccasin foot because the rash appears in the pattern of a moccasin. Another type mostly affects the bottom of the foot. The symptoms are intense itching and raised bumps or ridges under the skin.

If you think the burning, itching, peeling or rash that you have are the symptoms of athlete's foot, you can check out some of the images at the link to the University of Iowa site in the upper right hand corner. (Of course this does not take the place of seeing a professional health care provider.)

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