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how did i get athlete's foot?

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Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg
Dermatology 28 years experience
Fungus: Fungus is everywhere-some people are more susceptible.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Podiatry 47 years experience
Infection: Came into contact with the fungus the causes it.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Fungus: Is found in shoes, standing water, gyms.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Be sure it is : Be sure you have athlete's foot (tinea pedis). Many conditions can look like it but are something else, like dyshidrotic eczema, contact dermatitis or bacterial infection. If you're uncertain, have your doctor examine you for proper diagnosis.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Exposure: Working barefoot on infected tiles in a locker room or bathroom where someone else with fungus has spread the fungus. Also from pedicure where the instruments or foot bath has not been disinfected. Treat early to prevent it from spreading.
Dr. Marybeth Crane
Podiatry 27 years experience
Contact: Athlete's feet is a fungal infection that comes from contact with a surface that has fungus on it. Usually a damp, porous surface like gym floor, pool deck, shower floor and even other people's shoes!
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Fungus is : Ubiquitous, meaning it can be found almost anywhere. It particularly likes dark wet, environments, and under a toenail which resides in a sock in a shoe is a perfect breeding ground. As is the skin on the feet.

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A 20-year-old member asked:

Can babies get athletes foot? 0-12m

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes: Babies can get fungal infections of the skin, which is what "athlete's foot" is.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How to get rid of athlete's foot forever?

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Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 40 years experience
No guarantee: There are things you can do to make it less likely to recur, like keeping your feet dry as much as possible, letting shoes dry out for at least a day before wearing them again, use an antifungal powder and/or cream, and using an antiperspirant, like prescription drysol, to reduce sweating.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of athletes foot?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Meds and hygeine: Wear absorbant socks and change often, let feet air out whenever possible. Dry thoroughly after bathing. A small amount of powder in shoes may also help. Topical anti-fungal sprays and solutions are in order. If problem persists, consult with a podiatrist.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Athletes foot. How do I get rid of it?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
Start with a topical: Antifungal cream. Currently, the best thing going is naftin (naftifine) 2%, available by prescription only. Otc antifungal creams can be ok as well. On top of this, you must change the environment in which the feet reside. Feet must be kept clean and dry, especially between the toes. Use powder on the feet daily; change shoes daily; you may want to treat the shoes too, with sprays or an uv sanitizer.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Could you get athlete's foot on your fingers?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Yes: Athlete's foot is known as tinea pedis. On the hand it is known as tinea manuum. These are both fungal infections of the skin, just in different locations.

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