Feet Fungus

Athlete’s foot is caused by trichophyton, the same fungus responsible for jock itch. The fungus sets up camp in poorly ventilated shoes and sweaty socks and then attacks. Commonly affected are the soles and the area between the toes.

You or a family member might have athlete’s foot if you notice these symptoms:

• dry, cracked skin

• itchiness or burning

• blistering

• soft grayish or reddish scales

• a dry rash

Athlete’s foot should be treated immediately with an over-the-counter antifungal cream, lotion or spray powder. Choose a product that does not contain cornstarch, which can encourage fungal growth. Treatment may be necessary for several weeks to prevent recurrence. See your doctor if symptoms persist.