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Athletes foot / Tinea pedis

Athletes foot / Tinea pedis

Last Reviewed : 12/24/2020
Athletes foot / Tinea pedis

Athlete's foot, known medically as tinea pedis, is a common skin infection of the feet caused by fungus. Signs and symptoms often include itching, scaling, and redness. In severe cases the skin may blister. Athlete's foot may infect any part of the foot, but most often grows between the toes. The next most common area is the bottom of the foot. Fungal infection of the nails or of the hands may occur at the same time. It is a member of the group of diseases known as tinea.

Tinea pedis is caused by a number of different fungi. These include species of Trichophyton, Epidermophyton, and Microsporum. The condition is typically acquired by coming into contact with infected skin, or fungus in the environment. Common places where the fungi can survive are around swimming pools and in locker rooms. They may also be spread from other animals. Usually diagnosis is made based on signs and symptoms; however, it can be confirmed either by culture or seeing hyphae using a microscope.

Some methods of prevention include avoiding walking barefoot in public showers, keeping the toenails short, wearing big enough shoes, and changing socks daily. When infected, the feet should be kept dry and clean and wearing sandals may help. Treatment can be either with antifungal medication applied to the skin such as clotrimazole or for persistent infections antifungal medication that are taken by mouth such as terbinafine. The use of the cream is typically recommended for four weeks.

Athletes foot was first medically described in 1908. Globally, athlete's foot affects about 15% of the population. Males are more often affected than females. It occurs most frequently in older children or younger adults. Historically it is believed to have been a rare condition, that became more frequent in the 1900s due to the great use of shoes, health clubs, war, and travel.

 

We researched this topic for you and found the following best online resources. They are categorized into basic, advanced, and research level based on the extent of information you need. You will be taken to the respective websites by pressing on the links below.

 

Basic information:

http://www.healthline.com/health/athletes-foot health line athlete’s foot

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/athletes-foot/basics/definition/con-20014892 definition athlete’s foot

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/athletes-foot/pages/introduction.aspx nhs choices athlete’s foot

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000875.htm medline plus athlete’s foot

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/athletes-foot-topic-overview web md athlete’s foot

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261244.php mnt athlete’s foot

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/athletes_foot/article_em.htm emedicine health athlete’s foot

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/conditions/skin-and-hair/a3610/athletes-foot-tinea-pedis/ net doctor.com athlete’s foot

http://www.scpod.org/foot-health/common-foot-problems/athletes-foot/ scpod.org athlete’s foot

http://www.apma.org/learn/foothealth.cfm?itemnumber=978 american podiatric medical association athlete’s foot

http://www.dermnetnz.org/fungal/athletes-foot.html dermnet nz athlete’s foot

http://www.podiatrynetwork.com/r_athletes_foot.cfm podiatry network athlete’s foot

http://chealth.canoe.com/condition/getcondition/athletes-foot canoe athlete’s foot

http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/athletes-foot/overview.html new york times athlete’s foot

http://umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/athletes-foot university of maryland medical centre athlete’s foot

http://www.everydayhealth.com/foot-health/athlete's-foot.aspx a fungus to avoid: athlete's foot athlete’s foot

https://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/conditions/ailments-of-the-big-toe/pages/athletes-foot.aspx american orthopedic foot and ankle society athlete’s foot

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_athletes_foot_jock_itch_and_ringworm clevland clinic athlete’s foot

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/athletes_foot.aspx encyclopedia.com athlete’s foot

http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthtopics/content.asp?hwid=hw28392 health link bc athlete’s foot

http://www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/health-library/diseases-and-conditions/athletes-foot mount sinai hospital athlete’s foot

http://www.skinsight.com/adult/tineapedisathletesfoot.htm skin sight athlete’s foot

http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?con=273 irish health athlete’s foot

http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productid=117&pid=1&gid=000875 penn state hershey athlete’s foot

 

Advanced information:

http://patient.info/health/athletes-foot-tinea-pedis patient athlete’s foot

http://www.medicinenet.com/athletes_foot/page3.htm medicine net athlete’s foot

http://www.acfaom.org/information-for-patients/common-conditions/athletes-foot american college of foot and ankle orthopedics & medicine athlete’s foot

http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/studentaffairs/shw/documents/health%20topics/athlete's%20foot.pdf athlete’s foot

http://www.news-medical.net/health/treatment-of-athletee28099s-foot.aspx news treatment of athlete’s foot

http://www.health911.com/athletes_foot health 911 athlete’s foot

http://www.britannica.com/science/athletes-foot encyclopedia britannica athlete’s foot

http://www.msdmanuals.com/professional/dermatologic-disorders/fungal-skin-infections/tinea-pedis msd manuals(professional version) athlete’s foot

https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/a/athlete's-foot/preventing-athlete's-foot.html health service executive

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1091684-overview athlete’s foot

https://www.informedhealth.org/athlete-s-foot.2675.en.html informed health.org athlete’s foot

http://bestpractice.bmj.com/best-practice/pdf/patient-summaries/531584.pdf bmj athlete’s foot

http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/a/athletes_foot/intro.htm right diagnosis athlete’s foot

https://dphhs.mt.gov/portals/85/dsd/documents/ddp/medicaldirector/athletesfoot.pdf best practice guideline:athlete’s foot 2012, 11-28 jjustad, md, ddp

http://www.drpribut.com/sports/tineapedis.html dr.stephen m.pribut sports page athlete’s foot

http://www.astoriapodiatrist.com/services/athletes-foot/ ideal foot care athlete’s foot

http://www.health24.com/medical/feet/common-foot-problems/athletes-foot-20120721 health 24 athlete’s foot

 

Research:

american academy of dermatology. "athlete's foot: take these precautions to reduce your chances of catching it." sciencedaily. sciencedaily, 18 february 2014. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140218110433.htm

american college of foot and ankle surgeons. "mrsa: potentially deadly infection, once seen primarily in hospitalized patients, now linked to common foot conditions." sciencedaily. sciencedaily, 25 may 2009. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090520064137.htm

american academy of dermatology (aad). "athletes prone to a rash of skin conditions." sciencedaily. sciencedaily, 7 february 2011. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110205140049.htm .

worcester polytechnic institute. "taking aim at hard-to-treat fungal infections." sciencedaily. sciencedaily, 19 november 2009. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091119111415.htm.

american academy of orthopaedic surgeons. "proper cleat choice gives turf injuries the boot." sciencedaily. sciencedaily, 1 may 2013. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130501091847.htm

wageningen university and research centre. "smart fungus disarms plant, animal and human immunity." sciencedaily. sciencedaily, 20 august 2010. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100819141113.htm .

american academy of dermatology. "dermatologists warn fitness enthusiasts: watch for exercise-related skin problems." sciencedaily. sciencedaily, 16 november 2007. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071109195546.htm .

rockefeller university. "gene is linked to deadly runaway fungal infection." sciencedaily. sciencedaily, 5 november 2013. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131105153216.htm .

american medical society for sports medicine. "new management, return-to-play guidelines for female athlete triad examined." sciencedaily. sciencedaily, 14 april 2014. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140414172132.htm .

the jama network journals. "heading the ball, player-to-player contact and concussions in high school soccer." sciencedaily. sciencedaily, 13 july 2015. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150713113251.htm .

 

Related topics:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/athletes-foot-home-remedy/ 10 natural remedies for athletes foot,by dr. edward group dc, np, dacbn, dcbcn, dabfmpublished on september 1, 2009, last updated on september 25, 2015

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/home-remedies/natural-home-remedies-athletes-foot/ natural home remedies: athlete’s foot

https://www.organicfacts.net/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-athletes-foot.html home remedies for athletes foot.

http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-athletes-foot.html home remedies for athletes foot.

http://www.homeremedieslook.net/home-remedies-for-athletes-foot/ home remedies look 17 best natural remedies for athlete’s foot and tips

http://www.muralimanohar.com/articles,%20english/diseases%20and%20conditions/athlets%20foot%20or%20tinea%20pedis.htmathlete’s foot or tinea pedis and ayurvedic treatment- dr. murali manohar chirumamilla, m.d. (ayurveda)

 

Related videos:

http://www.daktarin.co.uk/athletes-foot daktarin athlete’s foot

https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/contagious-skin-diseases/athlete-s-foot-how-to-prevent american academy of dermatology athlete’s foot,how to prevent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ymd0_ssw1c athlete's foot: what is it, how to treat it and how to avoid it! a must watch!

http://www.readersdigest.co.uk/health/embarrassing-conditions/athletes-foot/how-prevent-athletes-foot how to treat athletes foot?/???

 

Presentations/quiz/newspaper articles:

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-32378240 bbc news athlete's foot drug may be ms therapyby michelle roberts 20 april 2015

http://www.newsmax.com/fastfeatures/vinegar-toenail-fungus-athletes-foot/2015/09/11/id/688121/ news max vinegar: use it to treat toenail fungus and athlete's foot by sean piccoli | friday, 11 sep 2015 06:46 pm


 

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