Athlete's foot is caused by exposure to the tinea fungus. It grows in warm, moist environments, such as showers, bathtubs, swimming pools, and outdoor fountains. It is easily passed from place to place or person to person. If a person gets the fungus on their foot and then wears a pair of shoes, the fungus can transfer to the shoe, re-infecting the person each time they put the shoes on. Once athlete's foot is established, it can be difficult to get rid of. Because the fungus thrives in warm, moist areas, keeping the feet confined to a shoe will cause the fungus to flourish making it hard to treat.
Athlete's foot is highly contagious and can be spread easily from person to person. It’s commonly found in locker rooms, swimming pools, hot tubs, and bathrooms. The tinea fungus thrives in areas where heat and moisture are constantly present. If a person walks through the area in their bare feet, they will be exposed to the fungus. Wearing another person's shoes may also cause a person to be infected with the fungus. If conditions are right, the fungus will attach to the foot and begin to thrive. It can cause severe itching, dryness, and deep cracks that may eventually begin to bleed.
Antifungal ointments, sprays, and powders are often used to treat the fungus that causes athlete's foot. Severe infections may require a prescription strength anti-fungal medication to help control the spread of the fungus. When the feet are being treated, the person's shoes must also be treated. It is important to thoroughly clean and maintains areas that are often exposed to heat and water to prevent the growth of bacteria and the fungus that causes Athlete's foot. In most cases, immediately treating the feet with an antifungal cream or spray after they have been exposed will halt the spread of the fungus and prevent the foot from being infected.