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how can i get athletes foot?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
From direct contact: Tinea pedis, or athlete's foot, is caused by a fungus (often by t. Rubrum fungus) that can be on locker room floors or other people's footwear. If the fungus is able to take hold on the skin cells and start growing, one will get the athlete's foot rash. Tinea pedis should be treated to relieve symptoms and also to prevent it from spreading to the toenails.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
See below: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection and can be picked up walking barefoot almost anywhere.
Dr. Dale Vancil
Podiatry 37 years experience
Fungus is normal: Fungus is a normal inhabitant for all of us. We all tend to either respond or not respond to this infection, meaning our own immune system. Certainly, some locations may expose one to a highly concentration of the fungus, but remember you have it already.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have athletes foot?

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Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg
Dermatology 28 years experience
Fungus: An md can do an exam to determine.
A 25-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor should I see to get my athletes foot treated? A podiatrist, or is a family doctor fine?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Many options for you: Athlete's foot is caused by a fungal infection on the feet and/or toes. This can easily be treated by family physicians, internists, dermatologists, or podiatrists.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can athletes foot cause any other, more serious, diseases?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Other infections: Athletes foot, a fungal infection, can cause cracks and fissures in the skin, which can serve as an entry point for a bacterial skin infection leading to cellulitis. Additionally, the fungal infection from athletes foot can also lead to a fungal infection of the toenails.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I get athletes foot if I get my nails done at a salon?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Possibly: Depending on the hygiene of the salon and if someone before you had it!
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have athletes foot and not know it?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: But only if you don't look for it.

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