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Athlete’s Foot

Infection

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that comes from a family of fungi known as dermatophytes – a group of organisms that can break down the protein in skin, hair, and nails. These fungal pathogens also cause ringworm and nail infections. Athlete’s foot usually begins between the toes, causing a red, scaly rash that is very itchy. The fungus prefers to grow in moist environments and proliferates in crowded places. It is common in athletes, diabetics, people with lowered immune systems, and people who frequent public places involved with water (like public showers and nail salons). The infection can be short-lived or persist for months to years.

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