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At any given time, 15 to 25 percent of the population in the United States is infected with athlete’s foot, a contagious fungus that can bring about itching, burning and various rashes on one or both of the feet. The chances of contracting athlete’s foot increases with age. Men are more at risk than women, and adults are more at risk than children. Specialists at Northwestern Medicine have identified multiple risk factors associated with contracting athlete’s foot. These risk factors include: humid and warm climates, wet or moist feet from sweat or not drying off after bathing or swimming, not wearing footwear in public places or having an already compromised immune system.

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help specialists at Northwestern Medicine to advance research and clinical trials to identify new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for those afflicted with athlete’s foot.

While athlete’s foot can be present anywhere on the foot, more often than not it is concentrated between the toes. A red rash accompanied by severe itching and burning as well as scaly cracked skin and any discharge or odor can signal the presence of athlete’s foot. Should these symptoms be present, it is strongly recommended to undergo a full examination by your medical professional. Athlete’s foot is generally contracted by touching someone’s feet that is already infected with the fungus. In addition, sharing footwear or towels with someone already infected can allow the disease to spread. Being barefoot on contaminated floors has also been known to lead to athlete’s foot. Specialists at Northwestern Medicine recommend wearing shower shoes whenever entering a public pool or workout facility and ensuring your feet are fully dried before dressing, as well as always wearing fresh socks and letting shoes dry completely before wearing.

A full examination by a medical professional is needed to confirm the presence of athlete’s foot. Physicians at Northwestern Medicine generally recommend several different treatment options to kill fungi that cause athlete’s foot. An over-the-counter antifungal cream is often the first line of defense. Some physicians will also provide advice on lifestyle changes. The treatment may well include recommendations to keep the foot dry and nails well trimmed, refraining from worsening them by scratching, wearing sandals to allow the area to stay dry, and finally, thoroughly drying the foot after bathing or swimming.

Athlete’s Foot Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help physicians at Northwestern Medicine to provide the very finest care to people coping with athlete’s foot. Your generosity will make a difference in many lives!

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