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How does athletes foot spread person to person?

How does athletes foot spread person to person?

Contact: Athletes foot is a fungus. It spreads by contact. Usually with a contaminated surface like shoes, damp shower floor, mats, swimming pool, etc. Best way to avoid spread is to treat surfaces and don't go barefoot in public areas. ...Read more

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Dr. Jordan Steinberg
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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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Can athletes foot spread to other parts of your body?

Can athletes foot spread to other parts of your body?

Sure...: It's just called different things when it has an effect on different body parts. For example - tinea: cruris - jock itch corporis - arms and legs unguium - nail area barbae - bearded area capitus - head and it goes on... ...Read more

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Can you spread athletes foot to your face? How should you treat?

Can you spread athletes foot to your face? How should you treat?

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 more

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Can I spread athletes foot if I touch my socks and them touch my face?

Can I spread athletes foot if I touch my socks and them touch my face?

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 more

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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?

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

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Can athletes foot spread to the lungs?

Can athletes foot spread to the lungs?

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

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I've gotten athletes foot for at least 10 years. Could it spread to my arm?

Athletes foot: Athletes foot is contagious so treat it with otc antifungals such as lamisil (terbinafine). It may be coming from the toenails so an oral anti fungal may be needed if appropriate. ...Read more

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How can you cure athletes foot when it spreads to your hands?

How can you cure athletes foot when it spreads to your hands?

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

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I have read up on athletes foot. The symptoms seem to match up. But what I have is not contagious and it doesn't spread. Is it eczema?

I have read up on athletes foot. The symptoms seem to match up. But what I have is not contagious and it doesn't spread. Is it eczema?

Maybe: A certain kind of eczema on the feet is called dyshidrotic eczema. It is often confused with fungal infections or contact dermatitis. A dermatologist can sort out if you have one two or all three of them on your feet. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001835/. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Athlete's Foot (Definition)

Medical term is tinea pedis. It is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet. It is usually seen as red, itchy skin between the toes and ...Read more