Athlete’s foot is a rash caused by a fungus which usually appears between the toes. It’s not usually serious, but should be treated to stop it spreading to other parts of the body or other people. Athlete’s foot most commonly affects the skin between the toes or on the bottom of the feet.
Affected areas of skin may be:
Scratching the infected skin and then touching other parts of your body could spread the infection.
Athlete’s foot is caused by fungi growing and multiplying on the skin. You can reduce your risk of developing athlete’s foot by:
If you or your child develops athlete’s foot there is no need to stay off work or school.
Athlete’s foot is unlikely to get better on its own. It can usually be treated using anti-fungal treatments available from pharmacies without the need to see a GP. A pharmacist can recommend an anti-fungal medicine that’s safe for you to use; not all types are suitable for children, older people, and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
When should I seek advice?
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