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Is Athlete’s Foot Contagious?

The medical name for the foot condition that is known as athlete’s foot is tinea pedis. It is an uncomfortable foot rash and is considered to be contagious. Common symptoms that are associated with athlete’s foot can consist of dry and itchy skin between the toes and on the sole of the foot. The fungus that causes this ailment lives and thrives in warm and wet environments, such as locker rooms, public swimming pools, and similar areas. It is beneficial to wear flip-flops or water shoes while in these types of places, and doing this may prevent people from getting athlete’s foot. This condition will generally not improve without medical attention. Permanent relief may be found when prescribed medicine is taken and appropriate shoes are worn which may help to prevent re-infection. If you have the above symptoms, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and prescribe the medication needed to treat athlete’s foot. 

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.


The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot


Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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