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Is athlete’s foot the same thing as a yeast infection?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Treatments differ
The reason it is important to distinguish yeast vs dermatophytes is how we treat them. Some antifungals target only dermatophytes, some are better against yeast.
Over the counter Lamisil (terbinafine) is more effective against dermatophytes (athlete's foot) and lotrimin better against yeast (jock itch). That said, the above 2 examples can have overlapping infections of both yeast and dermatophytes.

In brief: Treatments differ
The reason it is important to distinguish yeast vs dermatophytes is how we treat them. Some antifungals target only dermatophytes, some are better against yeast.
Over the counter Lamisil (terbinafine) is more effective against dermatophytes (athlete's foot) and lotrimin better against yeast (jock itch). That said, the above 2 examples can have overlapping infections of both yeast and dermatophytes.
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Nomenclature
Strictly speaking, yeast and molds fall under the broader category of fungi (which also include mushrooms).
Athletes foot is a skin infection by a dermatophyte called trichophyton rubrum, these are hyphal fungi that only infects top layers of skin. The yeast infection we generally refer to is caused by candida albicans, a budding yeast, thrives in moist areas such as skin folds and mucosal areas.

In brief: Nomenclature
Strictly speaking, yeast and molds fall under the broader category of fungi (which also include mushrooms).
Athletes foot is a skin infection by a dermatophyte called trichophyton rubrum, these are hyphal fungi that only infects top layers of skin. The yeast infection we generally refer to is caused by candida albicans, a budding yeast, thrives in moist areas such as skin folds and mucosal areas.
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
In brief: Yes
Athletes foot is a yeast infection on the foot.

In brief: Yes
Athletes foot is a yeast infection on the foot.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
In brief: Not quite
Both conditions are due to a fungal infection, just in different areas of the body.
Both are also treated with anti-fungal creams (and pills for the yeast infection.).

In brief: Not quite
Both conditions are due to a fungal infection, just in different areas of the body.
Both are also treated with anti-fungal creams (and pills for the yeast infection.).
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
In brief: Sort of
Athlete's foot is a type of fungal infection specific to the foot.

In brief: Sort of
Athlete's foot is a type of fungal infection specific to the foot.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
In brief: Not exactly
Both athlete's foot and yeast infections are cause by organisms in the fungus family.
Athletes foot can be caused by several different types of fungus as well as yeast. Many of the same medications which can be used to treat yeast infections will also benefit athlete's foot. A related condition, jock itch, can also be commonly caused by yeast as well as traditional fungi.

In brief: Not exactly
Both athlete's foot and yeast infections are cause by organisms in the fungus family.
Athletes foot can be caused by several different types of fungus as well as yeast. Many of the same medications which can be used to treat yeast infections will also benefit athlete's foot. A related condition, jock itch, can also be commonly caused by yeast as well as traditional fungi.
Dr. Michael Klein
Dr. Michael Klein
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