Yes. Athlete's foot is highly contagious and can be spread through direct contact or by touching contaminated surfaces.
Fungus lives in warm, moist environments and is commonly found in showers, pools, shoes and socks. The fungus that causes athlete's foot can also spread to the toenails and hands.
The best way to treat athlete's foot is with an anti-fungal medication. Your podiatrist can prescribe prescription-strength antifungal medications to get rid of your athlete's foot fast.
When you first notice symptoms of athlete's foot, dry, scaling and peeling skin on your feet or burning between the toes try an over-the-counter (OTC) anti-fungal medication. OTC antifungal creams such as, Lamisil, Tinactin or Lotrimin Ultra are available at CVS, Rite Aid or your local drug store.
If your athlete's foot is not improving or if you have recurring foot infections see a foot doctor who specifically diagnoses and treats foot and ankle problems. The sooner you begin treatment the better your feet will feel!
To protect feet your feet from fungus and bacteria the podiatrists at Sol Foot & Ankle Centers in Long Beach recommend using Clarus Antimicrobial Shoe Spray available at their podiatry office. It kills fungus, bacteria and spores that cause foot infections and, smelly feet!
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