If you’ve spent any time in a locker room or playing sports, you have probably heard of athlete’s foot. This fungal infection of the skin is highly contagious and, and in some cases, may spread to the skin of the hands. Although athlete’s foot is not a serious skin condition, it isn't easy to resolve.
What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin caused by the tinea pedis fungi. This infection typically begins between the toes, where fungi can grow quickly due to the increased moisture in the environment. Like its name, athlete’s foot often develops in athletes who wear shoes and socks which become soaked with sweat during vigorous activities such as sports play or workouts.