What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s Foot is a common fungal infection that can occur in boys, girls, men and women of all ages. You don’t have to be an athlete to contract it. The majority of athlete’s foot cases are caused by a variety of fungi derived from the ‘dermatophytes’ group (this group is also responsible for ringworm and jock itch.) The fungi thrives in warm, moist and closed environments; They feed on keratin, a protein found in hairs, nails and skin. This fungal infection is mildly contagious. It can be spread through direct contact with the infection and by skin particles left on towels, shoes or floors. Walking with bare feet increases your chance of contracting athlete’s foot. However, the risk of developing the infection depends on your susceptibility. This means that individuals who have impaired immune systems or diabetes are at a much greater risk of infection if they have an open cut or sore on their feet.