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Guideline on how to promote self-care: Athlete’s foot

Basic information about Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the foot.

An itchy red rash develops in the spaces between your toes. The affected skin may also be scaly, flaky and dry.

The medical name for athlete’s foot is tinea pedis [1].

Tinea pedis, tinea foot or athlete’s foot are all terms used for fungal infection caused by dermatophyte fungi.

Tinea pedis is a dermatophyte infection of the soles of the feet and the interdigital spaces (isolated involvement of the back of the foot is considered ringworm of the body -Tinea Corporis). Athlete’s foot is a term that covers all those infections that affect the foot when it becomes macerated and suffers occlusion (that usually happened to athletes who had hypersweating and used breathable footwear while exercising).