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Battling Athlete’s Foot: Understanding Tinea Pedis and Examining Various Treatments

Athlete’s foot is an annoying malady, to say the least. It can also become costly to treat. The cost of treating a bout of athlete’s foot can range from $9 to $85, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. What you pay depends upon a myriad of factors, including the type of infection, the severity, the type of medication purchased, and where you buy it. Given the expense, it’s not surprising that many people would rather find an affordable home remedy for athlete’s foot than pay the pharmacist. Yet, you are probably wondering… are these treatments worth your time?

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There are many different products that can treat athlete’s foot fungus infections.

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Wrestlers Prone To Ringworm, Athlete’s Foot, and Other Skin Infections

Wrestling carries many benefits for adolescent boys — it burns off fat, builds muscle, teaches self-defense life skills, and fosters a healthy spirit of competition. But as with any sport, there are certain risks associated with being in such close proximity to others. At the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, dermatologists brought awareness to a growing concern among high school athletes: widespread skin infections.

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What Is Ringworm? How to Identify and Treat This Common Fungal Infection

My sister’s friend came over one day and proudly declared, “Check this out. I have ringworm.” I instinctively recoiled and suddenly wanted to be as far away from her as possible. Indeed, the name “ringworm” strikes fear in the hearts of all who hear it; but, really, “ringworm” is a misnomer because this skin condition is not actually a parasitic worm at all! Affecting 10 to 20% of the general population, ringworm is a fungal skin infection that causes a circular, red, scaly rash with wavy, raised edges.

Admittedly, it does look a little like a worm biting its own tail! Yet, you needn’t feel overly grossed out by it. Ringworm is actually the same exact infection as “jock itch” and “athlete’s foot” — except that it is not just confined to a person’s nether-regions or feet. Ringworm generally affects the scalp, nails, arms, legs, or face. Like any fungus, it can spread easily.

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The center of ringworm usually does not appear affected by the red raised rash, hence the name. Image Source: WikiHow.com

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Foot Fungus Nightmares: Can Athlete's Foot Spread To Other Parts of the Body?

Athlete’s foot is a highly contagious fungus that typically spreads on damp locker room floors and shower stalls. Sometimes there is no rash — but rather, a peeling and flaking of the skin beneath the toes. Other times, the fungus causes the foot to turn beet red and a full-scale rash erupts. Either way, the symptoms of athlete’s foot are uncomfortable and itchy. As the infection progresses, painful blisters may erupt and the infection can spread to other parts of the body.

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Image Source: YeastInfection.org

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