Athlete’s Foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungus that affects the skin and feet. A wide range of fungi can cause it.
The skin may be red and irritated and it may be cracked or flaking. Tinea pedis can affect any part of the foot, although it is most commonly found in the region between the toes, where the skin retains moisture.
Tinea pedis is caused by contacting diseased skin scales or fungi in wet environments (for example, showers, locker rooms, swimming pools). Tinea pedis is a recurrent infection that can be chronic. Topical antifungal drugs (applied to the skin's surface) and oral antifungal medications are two options for treatment.
Tinea pedis can be prevented or controlled with proper cleanliness measures: