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Athlete's foot

You don’t have to be an athlete to catch it - athlete’s foot can affect anyone!

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal skin infection of the feet caused, primarily, by fungi called as dermatophytes. They thrive in warm and moist environments, such as changing rooms and showers, shoes and socks or sweaty feet. That's why they feel right at home between your toes but can also affect the soles and sides of your feet.

Athlete’s foot symptoms

You might be suffering from athlete’s foot if you experience:

  • Itchy and burning toes and feet
  • Scaly, very dry, cracked or peeling skin
  • Splitting, softening or whitening skin between toes
  • Cracking skin between the toes, on the soles or heels
  • Smelly feet

You can also experience more severe symptoms:

  • Vesicles on the skin
  • Inflammation of cracked skin
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Understanding athlete's foot

The most important thing you need to know about athlete’s foot is that it’s very contagious. You can easily catch the infection through skin-to-skin contact or through contact with contaminated surfaces. Also, if left untreated it is much more likely to return, and the fungus can spread to other areas of your body or to your loved ones.

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Athlete's foot treatment

An effective antifungal medication is the best treatment for your condition. Athlete's foot treatments are available over the counter from your pharmacy or online.

Topical treatments are easy to apply and target the main types of fungi that cause athlete's foot.

Canesten® offers an antifungal treatment that stops fungal growth, kills the fungi and relieve the symptoms of athlete’s foot.

Preventing athlete's foot

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When drying your feet, pay special attention to areas between your toes.

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Wear clean socks every day. Change them after playing sports or on hot days.

Facts about athlete's foot

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You may be more at risk of catching athlete’s foot when walking barefoot in public showers, gyms and changing rooms or when in contact with an infected person.