Athlete’s foot

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Definition

Athlete's foot or Tinea pedis which is its other term is a parasitical fungal contamination of the epidermis of the human foot. It is usually caused by a mold that develops in the surface of the skin and then into the skin's living tissue. For severe cases it appears as a widespread "moccasin" pattern seen on the sides and bottom of the foot but usually it appears between the toes. This infection commonly affects male. After acne, athlete's foot is considered as the most common skin disease in the US.

Symptoms and Signs

The most common symptoms of Athlete's foot are flaking, scaling and itching in the affected area. Cracked skin or blisters can also happen, which results to exposed raw tissue, pain and inflammation. Accompanying the fungal infection is a bacterial infection where oral antibiotics are needed. The infection can scatter to other portions of the body like the armpits, elbows, knees and the groin and commonly is referred with another name once it scatters terms like tinea corporis when it infects the body or limbs and tinea cruris for the infection in the groin.

Causes

What caused the rapid infection is the different kinds of saprotrophic micro-organisms that is hosted by the body. The most usual fungi that caused tinea pedis are Trichophyton rubrum and T. mentagrophytes. Dermatophytosis, is the term used to refer to fungal infections and it can be transmitted by other person (anthropophilic), animals (zoophilic) or from the soil (geophilic). Infections happen when dermatophytes develop and multiply in the skin.

Transmission

Transmission from person to person It is usually transferred in environments that are moist where people walk barefoot like in showers, pools and the like. It can also be acquired when sharing personal things like shoes or towels. Transmission to other parts of the body Tinea pedis does not only happen in the middle of the toes but it can also occur on different parts of the body like in under the toe nails (Onychomycosis) or on the groin area or tinea cruris as its medical term.

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