Athlete's foot between the toes
What you need to know
You know the symptoms too well: The scaly, red rash between your toes. The itchy, dry skin. The treatments you’ve tried seem to work only for a short period of time, or not at all. Been living with that fungal infection for far too long? You’re not alone.
Nearly 7 out of 10 people experience athlete’s foot between the toes at some time
Athlete’s foot between the toes is one of the most common fungal infections. It is caused by certain types of fungi called dermatophytes (der-mah-to-fytes). Despite its name, athlete’s foot doesn’t only affect people who play sports. However, athletes are particularly prone to this fungal infection. Athlete’s foot between the toes is also common in anyone whose feet may sweat a lot while wearing closed, tight-fitting footwear. Work boots, military boots, and of course, running or walking shoes are just some examples.
- Scaly, red rash between the toes
- Itching that gets worse right after taking off your shoes and socks
Some types of athlete’s foot between the toes may also bring blisters, ulcers, or other types of lesions. Athlete’s foot can affect one or both feet. It can also spread, so be careful about scratching or picking at the infected areas of your feet.
Do not wear the same pair of shoes every day to give them time to dry between wearings.
How do you get this fungal infection?
Many people don’t realize how easy it is to get—and spread—athlete’s foot between the toes. It can be as simple as having your bare skin come in contact with surfaces where the fungus is present. Dermatophytes that cause athlete’s foot between the toes live and grow in warm, humid, or moist environments, such as: