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Is Athlete’s Foot Contagious?

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:00

The medical condition that is referred to as athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection. This contagious ailment may develop as a result of wearing shoes and socks that are damp, and this may create an environment for the fungus to thrive in. This type of fungus lives in warm and moist areas that often include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. It is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas, as this may help to prevent athlete’s foot from spreading. There are several symptoms that are associated with this condition. These are flaking between the toes, in addition to itching and burning sensations. Many patients notice the skin on their feet is dry, and the toenails have become thick and discolored. If you have developed this uncomfortable foot condition, it is advised to speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can guide you toward beginning proper treatment.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Harris L. Klear from Burlington County Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.


The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot


Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlton and Delran, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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