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How can I get athlete’s foot?

How can I get athlete’s foot?

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 more

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Dr. Jordan Steinberg
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Athlete (Definition)

Ath·lete n. A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those ...Read more


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How do you treat athlete s foot with powder?

How do you treat athlete s foot with powder?

That is one way: There is also creams, ointments, sprays, solutions. Many of which are effective and easily purchased over the counter in the pharmacy. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for athlete’s foot?

Are there any home remedies for athlete’s foot?

See below: Good hygeine, soak in warm water with a small amount of baking soda.
Go to the drug store and by some non-prescription Lamisil (terbinafine) cream. ...Read more

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Can athlete’s foot cause any other, more serious, diseases?

Can athlete’s foot cause any other, more serious, diseases?

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 more

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What is likely to happen if I leave my athlete’s foot untreated?

What is likely to happen if I leave my athlete’s foot untreated?

It may stay around : Untreated athlete's foot sometimes gets better, but more often it persists- stays there for a vary long time and can get worse. ...Read more

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Can you get athlete’s foot on any other part of the body besides feet?

Can you get athlete’s foot on any other part of the body besides feet?

Yes: Absolutely! Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis, results from a fungal infection of the skin. The same fungus when found on the body can cause ringworm (tinea corporis), infect the nails (onychomycosis), and even the scalp (tinea capitis). ...Read more

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I heard Vicks vapo rub is effective for treating athlete’s foot. Do you agree?

I heard Vicks vapo rub is effective for treating athlete’s foot. Do you agree?

I disagree: Athletes foot is a usually cause by a fungus and needs to be treated with over the counter anti fungal agents and sometimes a topical steroid. If athletes foot is persistent and not resolving seek medical attention by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Should I discard shoes I wore while I had athlete’s foot?

Should I discard shoes I wore while I had athlete’s foot?

No: If your shoe is significantly soiled, was immersed in water or covered in a chemical that prevents breathability, I would recommend discarding the shoe, otherwise, treating the shoe with and antifungal powder can often be effective in preventing reoccurance. ...Read more

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Can I get athlete’s foot if I get my nails done at a salon?

Can I get athlete’s foot if I get my nails done at a salon?

Possibly: Depending on the hygiene of the salon and if someone before you had it! ...Read more

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How are athlete’s foot and ringworm related?

How are athlete’s foot and ringworm related?

Same thing: Both are terms for a fungus infection of the skin. Different terms refer to different locations in the body... ...Read more

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How effective are over-the-counter treatments for athlete’s foot?

How effective are over-the-counter treatments for athlete’s foot?

Very effective: Over the counter athletes foot cream can be very effective if used appropriately and if used for a long enough period. 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 more

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What over-the-counter treatments can I buy to treat my athlete’s foot?

Antifungals: The most common and quite effective otc treatment for tinea pedis (athlete's foot) is Lamisil at or terbinafine topical as a 1% cream applied to the feet twice daily for 1-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Can athlete’s foot cause nail infections?

Can athlete’s foot cause nail infections?

Fungus among us: Yes, the fungus in your feet can creep into the nailbeds of your toes. Then the fungus gets into your nails. So if you're trying to get rid of toenail fungus, you should also watch out for and treat athlete's foot too. Good point! ...Read more

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Is there any pill my doctor can prescribe for athlete’s foot?

Is there any pill my doctor can prescribe for athlete’s foot?

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 more

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Is athlete’s foot the same thing as a yeast infection?

Is athlete’s foot the same thing as a yeast infection?

Yes: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection (yeast) of the skin of the foot, brought on because of the warm moist environment created by the sock and shoe. ...Read more

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Does the fungus that cause athlete`s foot transmit easily through water eg shared bath/swimming pool?

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 more

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