Common Name/Other Name
Alipunga (Fil.), Tinea pedis
Athlete's foot is a common condition caused by fungi called dermatophytes. These fungi thrive in warm, moist environments such as in places such as gyms, locker rooms, nail salons and clothing. Athlete's foot is contagious and may be transferred thru person to person contact. Moist or sweaty socks and shoes also encourage fungi to grow because it feeds on keratin, a protein found in nails, skin and hair. It can spread to your hands or other parts of the body if you scratch or pick at the infected parts of the feet.
It must be treated properly otherwise athlete's foot can be very stubborn. If left untreated, it may lead to bacterial infection which can cause foul smelling feet. Infection may also spread to one or more toenails causing disfigurement or worse, total destruction of the nails.
You are at higher risk of contracting athlete's foot if you:
Frequently wear damp socks or tight-fitting shoes.
Share mats, clothes or shoes with someone who has fungal infection.
Have a weak immune system.
Walk barefoot in public areas where infection may spread like communal shower rooms, swimming pools, saunas etc.
Commonly Prescribed DrugsAntifungal cream and washes that contain miconazole, econazole, clotrimazole, terbinafine, and ketoconazole.