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What Causes Athlete's Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that causes a rash between the toes or on the bottom of the foot, and sometimes will spread to the top of the foot. Fungi thrive in warm, moist places such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and your shoes. Athlete’s foot is very contagious to other people and yourself. This same fungus can cause fungal nail infections, jock itch, or even ringworm, so it is important to be aware of where the fungus is on your body and what you touch with that part of your body until it is fully treated.

Even though athlete’s foot is usually always caused by the same fungus, there are three different types of athlete’s foot that you can get based on which part of the foot the rash occurs on, and each one looks a little different. However, all three have similar symptoms and can be treated with the same Naturasil products.

Athlete's FootThe first type of athlete’s foot is a toe web infection. This is the type that typically occurs between the toes, specifically starting between the fourth and fifth toes before spreading to the webbing between the other toes. Since fungi thrive in warm, moist areas, the webbing in between your toes is prime real estate for a fungus. It provides a consistently warm area as long as you’re wearing socks and/or shoes, and if you’re active that area will be the first moist area on the foot when you begin to sweat.

A moccasin type infection typically starts on the heel of your foot, but will spread very quickly to cover the entire bottom of your foot. Once the fungus has covered the bottom of your foot, this type of athlete’s foot has been known to quickly infect the toenails as well. Fungal nail infections require separate treatment, but it is important to treat all of the fungus as soon as possible to avoid a recurrence of the infections.

The last type of athlete’s foot is called a vesicular type infection. Typically, this type of athlete’s foot consists of a lot of blisters that are very itchy and can be very painful. It is also the type of athlete’s foot that most commonly incurs a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections can occur with any type of athlete’s foot when the skin cracks or peels. However, vesicular type infections are more susceptible to bacterial infections because the blisters leave open wounds when they burst.

While anyone can get a fungal infection, some people are more vulnerable than others. If you have had a fungal infection before, it is easy for you to get another fungal infection. Doctors have also found a certain degree of hereditary predisposition to fungal infections. If other members of your family have had fungal infections, it may be in your genetics that you’re more susceptible to fungal infections. Experts have also noticed that susceptibility to fungal infections seems to increase with age, as well.

It is very important to treat a fungal infection as soon as you know you have one because of how contagious fungi are. Not only can they easily infect other people, but they can easily spread to other places on your body making it more difficult to completely eradicate the fungi. Get started on your all-natural treatment today to avoid any further complications!

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