Did you know that athlete’s foot and jock itch are caused by the same fungus, called Tinea? Tinea leaves scaly patches on the skin and is commonly referred to by the part of the body where it occurs. On the feet, Tinea infection is called athlete’s foot.
Myths & Facts About Athlete's Foot
Foot fungal infections are typically picked up when walking barefoot in places where germs like live and grow, like public pools or gym locker rooms. Repetitively sweaty feet inside of moist shoes can also pose a problem . Even sharing items like socks, bath towels, or bed sheets with someone who already has fungus can lead to your own infection.
The exact symptoms of athlete’s foot depend on which specific type of infection you have. Some types cause rashes that are red and blistery. With others, your skin may seem thick and scaly. So which one might you have?
Symptoms: You may feel a burning sensation between your toes. The skin may be red, peeling, or scaly, and the rash may smell or give off discharge. In very bad cases, your skin may take on a green color.
Symptoms: At first, your feet may just feel sore, dry, or slightly itchy. After a while, the skin thickens, cracks, or peels.
If the infection advances to your nails, your toenails may also get thick and crumbly. Sometimes the nails even come out.
Symptoms: Vesicular infections happen anywhere on your foot. But the small, red blisters usually pop up on your soles or between your toes. The rash may feel itchy or painful. It can be worse in the summer.