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How Does Athletes Foot Spread To Others
Unusual: Athletes foot can be spread from person to person, however it is unusual to get it on the face. Good hygiene, washing well with soap and water, keeping feet clean and dry, using foot powder, anti-fungal oil or medication and keeping socks and shoes clean and dry will all help! Check with your Podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatments! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It started off as what looked like athletes foot. It spread a bit but started going away. It comes back now n then and itches really bad. What to do?
Two Weeks.: You said nothing about treating it already, so I'm under the impression you didn't. Begin by trying an OTC type anti fungal topical. There are many at the local drug store. If you need help, ask the pharmacist. If there is any doubt that this is not a fungal infection and possibly some other problem, then, see your doctor. You can mix in a little cortisone cream for the severe itching. ...Read more
Athletes foot: Athletes foot is the common name for a skin infection of the foot caused by a fungus that lives in the skin cells. It is promoted by warm, moist, and dark conditions common to the foot. Fungal infections of the skin can arise anywhere in the skin where these conditions are present such as the groin or armpit. Skin fungus will not spread to or infect lung tissue. ...Read more
Unlikely: Tinea pedis or athletes foot is generally spread by direct contact with the fungus and in an area that promotes it's growth. It is extremely unlikely that a brief contact with a sock to your hand and then your hand to your face would spread the disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Topical Antifungal: Athlete's foot is simply the specific form of skin infection caused by fungus and this can occur anywhere on the body and is treated the same. It often responds well to topical treatment, many of which can be procured over the counter. Ask your pharmacist to direct you to the topical athlete's foot creams. ...Read more