Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet, most commonly between the toes. The infection is caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes, which thrive in warm and humid environments such as the insides of shoes and socks.
The symptoms of athlete's foot can vary from person to person, but they often include itching, burning, and stinging sensations; redness; and flaking or scaling of the skin. Blisters and cracked, peeling skin may also occur. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the foot, including the toenails.
Athlete's foot is a common condition, especially among people who engage in sports or other activities that cause the feet to become sweaty and damp. It can also be spread from person to person through contact with contaminated surfaces such as shower floors, locker rooms, or towels.
Treatment for athlete's foot usually involves over-the-counter or prescription antifungal creams, powders, or sprays, as well as keeping the feet clean and dry. In severe cases, oral antifungal medication may be necessary. To prevent athlete's foot, it's important to practice good foot hygiene, such as washing the feet daily, wearing clean socks and shoes, and avoiding walking barefoot in public areas.