A chronic infection caused by various types of fungus. Athlete's foot is often spread in places where people go barefoot such as public showers or swimming pools. The condition ranges from mild scaling and itching to painful inflammation and blisters. It usually starts between the toes or on the arch and may spread to the bottom and sides of the foot.
Topical antifungal creams, lotions, gels, and powders all have their place in treating this condition, but do not haphazardly treat it on your own as the condition can worsen rapidly. Prescription medications are used sometimes as often as some over-the-counter medications depending on the severity. Rarely, oral medications may be needed.