Pictures of skin fungus
It is easy to get a fungal infection. Fungi (plural of fungus) spread easily from person to person. Many people get a fungal infection through close personal contact with someone who has a fungal infection. Sharing an infected object such as a towel or comb, or walking barefoot on an infected floor is another way to get a fungal infection. Some people get fungal infections by touching infected soil or an animal that has fungi on its fur. Many fungal infections develop on the skin, but a fungal infection also can affect the nails. People increase their risk of getting a fungal infection when their skin stays wet for long periods. Fungi grow quickly in warm, moist areas. Underclothes, shower tiles, and pool decks are common places for fungi to grow.
For most people, a fungal infection causes a mild rash or itching. If a person has a weak immune system due to a medical condition such as HIV or cancer, a fungal infection may be more severe.
The following describes some of the more common fungal infections that people get.
Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)
Before treating athlete's foot, a Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner will first make sure that the patient has athlete's foot. Sometimes a dermatologist can be certain by looking at the skin. Other times a medical test is necessary. Athlete's foot can look like another skin condition such as contact dermatitis or psoriasis. These skin conditions also can cause a rash. Using an anti-fungal cream on one of these skin conditions will not help.
If the patient has a mild case of athlete's foot, an anti-fungal cream often works well to relieve the burning and itching, and to clear the skin. When the infection is more severe, a dermatologist may write a prescription for anti-fungal pills. Athlete's foot is contagious. To prevent getting athlete's foot again, or for the first time, here are some things you can do:
Do not walk barefoot in gyms, shower or locker areas, pools, or hotel rooms. The fungus that causes athlete's foot may be on the floor. To protect your feet, wear shower shoes, "flip-flops, " or sandals.
During the hot summer months, wear sandals or "flip-flops." If this is not possible, sprinkle an anti-fungal powder on your feet and inside your shoes or boots.
Do not wear other people's shoes.
Wash your feet daily with soap, and completely dry your feet.
Wear socks made of a fabric that dries quickly or keeps moisture away from the skin. Be sure to change your socks every day, and sooner if the socks get wet.
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Athlete's Foot2004-07-14 00:38:55 by thoroughly_embarassed
I think I may have athlete's foot.. I don't know what it really is, but my boyfriend says I have it.. even though it doesn't look like any of the pictures I googled.
Basically, I wear sandal's a lot.. (think candie's sandals). And flip flops here and there.
Anyways.. so I know other women that get rough patches around the heels, but this is more to the side heel, and it's peeling.. where two days ago, it wasn't. No fungus looking elements, try dry, hard, peeling skin.
Does it sound like athlete's foot?
If it is, what can I do?