Athletes Foot

Athlete’s Foot: The Causes and Effects
Cory T. Norris
Johnston Community College

Causes of athlete’s foot can vary from anywhere from walking out to the mailbox barefooted to sharing a load of laundry with someone who has the fungus in their clothes. The odds are not on your side concerning the likeliness of you coming in contact with the infection sometime in your lifetime. 70 percent of Americans get it sometime during the life. Once you have the fungus the effects can vary upon the type you get. Itchiness between the toes is the most common but can get to the extreme as your toenails crumbling up and failing off. Treatment of it is usually simple with such some ointment and lotion, but with the lack of treatment, infection can occur and antibiotics will be necessary.

Athlete’s Foot: The Causes and Effects
I’m sure you have been around someone before who has taken his or her shoes off around you and caught a whiff of an unbearable stench. What you may be witnessing is a case of athlete’s foot. One in 10 people in North America actually have athlete’s foot and even 70 percent of the people in the United States will develop this infection at some point in their life (S. Kelsey, 2009). Athlete’s foot is actually a type of ringworm and skin fungus on the top layer of skin on your foot. Many people confuse it with a simple foot itch and allow it to grow to a certain level where it can get very serious. It can easily be acquired and is quite a hassle to get rid of.
Growing up you may have heard to not go outside without your shoes on by your mother. This simply mother’s advice is a very easy way to keep your feet free of the tinea fungus that causes athlete’s foot. This is not to say that everyone who walks barefooted outside is to have athlete’s foot, it is only to say that it increases the chances. Actually, the fungus only affects .75% of people who walk around barefooted (Nordqvist, 2013). It will only flare up if the conditions are just right...