Fungus of the Skin
A fungus problem of the skin, also better known as
Athlete's Foot, is the most common type of infection of the
skin on the feet. It is typically transmitted in moist areas
where people are barefoot such as showers, saunas, hot tubs or
spas. Although it typically starts in the feet it can spread
to other parts of the body if not treated properly.
Signs and Symptoms
It is often first noticed as an itching sensation, usually
between the toes. The skin may have small blisters and be
peeling, scaling or flaking. The blisters and any cracks can
lead to exposed raw tissue, pain, swelling and inflammation.
Athlete's foot can usually be diagnosed by visual inspection but
if there is uncertainty your doctor can take a scraping of the
affected skin and send it to a lab for accurate diagnosis.
These infections are most often treated with topical medications
quite effectively. Hygiene is very important in treating and
preventing infections by keeping your feet dry and covered.
Some Learning Library text is derived from Wikipedia. All text is Creative Commons licensed Share and Share Alike.