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The Signs Symptoms And Causes Of This Fungus Infection

The signs, symptoms and causes of the fungus infection athletes foot, the fungi known as dermatophytes. {Athlete's foot is commonly searched for as athleetes foot online}

This fungus does not restrict itself to infecting only athlete’s feet as the name implies.

Anyone is susceptible to it, men, women, and even children, although children under the years of five rarely are infected.

This is also the most common of the fungal infections of the skin, and is the same fungi that causes jock strap or jock itch in teenage boys and male adults.

Either is more susceptible if they have a compromised immune system.

Athlete's foot fungus infection is also in the family of fungi skin infections that causes ringworm of the scalp and ringworm of the body.

Unless the growing conditions are ideal for athlete’s foot fungi the chances of you’re getting it are low. Like any fungi they will only multiply in dark, warm and damp places.

Since this fungi organism is found on your feet normally, you don’t want to give it these optimal conditions in which to grow and spread.

As you can see by the photo page top it is a most unpleasant and uncomfortable condition for your feet to be in.

As itchy as this skin looks, scratching athlete's foot is out, it can lead to spreading the fungi further or developing a complicating bacterial infection


This athlete's foot fungi also contaminates the floors and rugs we walk on, the bath mats we stand on, the bed sheets we sleep on and the shoes we wear.

Athlete's foot fungus thrives in a moist and warm environment, it loves a sweaty foot inside of your shoe and toes that are close together in a shoe.

Heaven to athletes foot fungi is wet sneakers and socks with humid conditions.

This fungus lives on in the skin pieces we naturally shed or other accommodating hosts that are also left behind in these places are feet come into contact with daily.

It is not a foot myth that athlete's foot is passed by person-to-person contact, although this is not the commonest form of transfer.

The most common methods of transfer are in public places when you place your exposed bare feet on the surface of swimming pools and locker rooms or saunas and showers.

Although athletes foot fungus infection can be easily treated, it does have a tendency to come back if given the same conditions.

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The Damage

Athletes foot fungi will infect the top layer of your skin, causing the lower layers to produce more skin cells than normal which push towards the surface.

The top layer of the skin turns scaly and thick and as the fungi spreads the fungi the process repeats and the foot infection grows.

This foot fungus infection can be detected in a number of ways. In some people’s feet, the symptoms will affect the skin between their toes, seeming to favor the last two toes of the foot.

The skin between the toes will peel, crack, and become scaly. Blistering may also take place that burns, stings, and is extremely itchy.

Other people may experience blisters, scaling and redness on the soles of their feet and along the sides of the foot.

The skin on the sides of your foot and the soles will appear very dry, and as this photo of an infected toenail shows, the nails on your toes can become discolored, thicken and become discolored and crusty.

Infected Toenails

toe nail infected with fungus disease

The infected toenail can pull away from the nail bed. If the complication of a toenail infection occurs they can be difficult to treat and can cause nail loss.

Your fungus infection should not be left untreated, it can cause further damage by  breaking down the skin tissue between your toes, leaving you with moist skin on your feet that is vulnerable to further foot problems.

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Author Tanna Mayer
Updated December 29, 2012

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