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A 22-year-old member asked:

How did i get athlete's foot?

7 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg
Dermatology 29 years experience
Fungus: Fungus is everywhere-some people are more susceptible.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Podiatry 48 years experience
Infection: Came into contact with the fungus the causes it.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 50 years experience
Fungus: Is found in shoes, standing water, gyms.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 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 47 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 28 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 29 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 21-year-old member asked:

What is athlete's foot?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Tinea pedis rash: 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.

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