Does Athlete’s Foot Just Affect Athletes? Symptoms & Treatment

We’ve all heard about Athlete’s foot but does it only affect athletes? Apparently not! There are many myths about athlete’s foot and this article will hopefully shed some light about the condition.

What Is Athlete’s foot?

Simply put, Athlete’s Foot is typically a skin rash on the foot. Usually caused by a fungus that will thrive in stressful and warmth conditions. Basically, the reason why the condition is called Athlete’s foot is because athletes typically engage in intense and rigorous training. The more time they spend in their sports shoes during training, the more likely their feet to be subjected to warm, damp sweaty conditions, hence, the term “athlete’s foot”. That damp, warm, sweaty condition is a breeding ground for fungus and microscopic bacteria.

Usually a good body wash should be able to prevent the condition but proper foot care is the way to go to eliminate this condition. There are lots of products out there like, anti-microbial socks, foot wash and deodorizers which can easily clear the infection and get rid of the rash.

Only For Athletes?

Not at all, it’s actually a very common condition that you can encounter in a wide range of situations and locations. So yes, regular people get it as well. In fact, the condition spreads very fast, if you touch the toes or feet of someone that has Athlete’s foot you might get it as well. The fungus will grow in the sweaty, warm conditions of your shoes, giving you the condition and all the symptoms that come with it.

A man checks the dry, peeling skin of his athletes foot fungus between his toes.

Athlete’s Foot Symptoms

There are many symptoms that pertain to Athlete’s foot and these do vary from person to person. You can find some that are widely encountered by each person who has this type of condition though:

  • Cracking
  • Peeling
  • Feet scaling
  • Blisters
  • Redness
  • Skin is softening or breaking down
  • Burning
  • Itching


Usually, this condition can easily be identified by a medical professional even during a simple checkup. In case the Athlete’s foot looks unusual or he wants to identify the causes, he might take a fungi sample for tests.

Treatment For Athlete’s Foot

Treating Athlete’s foot is not exactly something hard to do, as you can use dedicated sprays, creams or lotions to get the best results. On the other hand, there are some severe cases where this type of treatment is not enough and you might need special medical care to get rid of this nuisance.

Of course, you do need to maintain your foot hygiene and you should also consider wearing shower sandals. Placing some talcum powder to keep the feet dry might be handy as well.

Overall, Athlete’s foot is a damaging condition which doesn’t just affect athletes and is easily treatable, so don’t just put up with the symptoms!

Author Bio

Mark Greene is a grooming and men’s lifestyle professional who specialize in helping men from all over the world find solutions to their day to day problems. He writes about grooming, lifestyle and interesting manly things. His goal is to improve and upgrade men’s lives to the next level”

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