Athlete's Foot is a fungal infection of the foot also known medically as tinea pedis. These infections are caused by various dermatophytes, the most common of which are Trichophyton rubrum, T. metagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum. These fungal organisms invade the outer layers of the skin, causing itching, burning, scaling, cracking and redness. Sometimes, oozing, crusty blisters can form. There can also be infection with no symptoms. The infection thrives in warm moist areas, hence the association with athlete's, whose feet are kept moist and warm for long periods of time from sweat and exertion in shoes. This infection is certainly not limited to athletes. Anyone can get it.
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