You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from athlete’s foot as it can affect anyone!
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal foot infection that is primarily caused by a type of fungi known as dermatophytes.1 This foot fungus thrives in warm and moist environments, such as changing rooms and showers, shoes and socks or sweaty feet.2 Thus, they can feel right at home between your toes, but can also affect the soles and sides of your feet.
Athlete’s foot symptoms
Understanding athlete's foot
The most important thing you need to know about athlete’s foot is that it’s contagious. You can easily catch the infection through skin-to-skin contact or through direct physical contact with contaminated surfaces.6 If left untreated, it is much more likely to return, and the fungus can spread to other areas of your body 7, or to your loved ones. Athlete's foot can also lead to bad foot odour.
Athlete's foot treatment
An effective antifungal medication is the best treatment for athlete's foot. Purchase products that treat this foot infection over the counter at your local pharmacy, or order them online.8
Topical treatments are easy to apply and target the main types of fungi that cause athlete's foot. You can also choose to use a concomitantly mild corticosteroid that treats athlete's foot (e.g. hydrocortisone).9