You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from athlete’s foot. This common fungal infection can affect anyone!
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis or alipunga) is primarily caused by a type of fungi known as dermatophytes 1. This foot fungus thrives in warm and moist environments, such as changing rooms and showers, shoes and socks or sweaty feet 2. Thus, they can feel right at home between your toes, but can also affect the soles and sides of your feet.
Athlete’s foot symptoms
Understanding athlete's foot
The most important thing you need to know about athlete’s foot is that it’s contagious. You can easily catch the infection through skin-to-skin contact or through direct physical contact with contaminated surfaces6. If left untreated, it is much more likely to return, and the fungus can spread to other areas of your body7, or to your loved ones. Athlete's foot can also lead to bad foot odor.
Athlete's foot treatment
A topical antifungal medication is the best treatment for athlete's foot. Purchase products that treat this foot infection over the counter at your local pharmacy, or order them online8.
Topical treatments are easy to apply and directly target the fungi that cause athlete's foot. It is important to use Clotrimazole on athlete's foot, as it’s a proven treatment for it7. Canesten offers a range of complete antifungal treatments for various skin diseases that kill the fungi and relieve the symptoms of athlete’s foot.