By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute
Athlete's foot is a frequent fungal infection that can easily occur in warm moist environment – e.g. exercisers who sweat a lot. Athlete's foot is not very contagious, but may run in humid rooms, where you walk on bare feet - for example, in indoor swimming pools. Intense itching and small cracks in the skin - especially between the toes, could show athlete’s foot. You treat athlete's foot with antifungal cream.
Athlete's foot is often present as an infection between the toes - especially at the little toe, but may also occur in the foot sole and the heel. Athlete's foot is rare in children and most commonly in exercisers. Fungus thrives in warm moist environment and joggers who sweats a lot and rarely change the damp socks are particularly vulnerable. The skin between the toes is itchy, scaly, cracks and can liquid. The skin on heels and soles become thickened and crevices with peeling.