Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. Symptoms of athlete's foot can vary from mild to severe and include peeling, cracking, and scaling on the bottoms of the feet and between the toes; itching or burning; and a slight odor.
There are three types of athlete's foot:
Some people are more susceptible than others to athlete's foot. Athlete's foot is treated with antifungal medicines, which are available in topical form (applied directly to the skin) or as pills. The condition tends to recur, even after successful treatment.
Last Revised: June 28, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Randall D. Burr, MD - Dermatology
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