Tinea pedis. That’s the medical term for a fungal infection most of us call athlete’s foot. Learn more about the cause—and the cure.
Causes & Triggers
- Warm, dark, humid environments, such as:
- Locker rooms
- Swimming pools
Signs & Symptoms
- Itching, inflammation, stinging or burning
- Rash may spread to soles of feet and toenails
- Scaly rash, usually between the toes
Tips & Treatment
- Keep feet dry.
- Wear ventilated athletic and other shoes, when possible.
- Do not scratch the infection.
- Use over-the-counter (OTC) antifungals or ask your doctor about prescription medications.
- Athlete’s foot is persistent:
- It can recur, so seek medical treatment if OTC remedies are ineffective.
- It can spread through everyday items that have been contaminated, such as floors, towels, bedding and clothing.
- It can spread to other parts of the body, especially the groin and underarms.