- An itchy rash of the feet and between the toes
- Skin infection caused by a fungus
- Age over 10 years
Symptoms of Athlete's Foot
- Red, scaly, cracked rash between the toes
- The rash itches and burns
- With itching, the rash becomes raw and weepy
- Often also involves the insteps of the feet
- Unpleasant foot odor
- Mainly in teens. Before age 10, it's usually something else.
Cause of Athlete's Foot
- A fungus infection that grows best on warm, damp skin
Other health problems of Athlete's Foot
- Jock Itch. A fungus infection of the groin and inner, upper thighs. Caused by the same fungus that causes athlete's foot. Transferred by a towel used to dry the feet and then the groin.
- Impetigo. A local bacterial infection that starts in the cracks between the toes. Gives sores, soft scabs and pus.
- Cellulitis. The bacterial infection spreads into the skin. Gives redness spreading into the back of the foot. The red area is painful to the touch.
- Lymphangitis. The bacterial infection spreads up the lymph channels. Gives a red line that goes up the leg. More serious because the infection can get into the bloodstream. This is called sepsis.