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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. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very effective: Over the counter athletes foot cream can be very effective if used appropriately and if used for a long enough period of time. I recommend to my patients to use the cream "twice as long." this means to use it until symptoms are gone, then continue it for the same length of time it has been used to get to that point. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treated topically: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection on the skin. Over the counter antifungal cream such as Lamisil (terbinafine) is generally very effective. Your doctor may choose to prescribe econazole cream if indicated. Oral antifungal is necessary only if toe nails are also involved. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does the fungus that cause athlete`s foot transmit easily through water eg shared bath/swimming pool?
Ideal environment: Fungus is a ground loving organism. It thrives in a warm moist dark environment, this is why antifungal powders can be so effective for controlling athletes foot infections. Control the moisture and usually you can control the fungal infections. Routine thorough cleaning of community areas is obviously also helpful. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer