Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, and thus potentially contagious. There is more than one fungus that can be responsible for the condition, and an infection can be picked up in a variety of places.
The disease receives its name from how commonly it can be spread within sports facilities. Locker rooms, showers, swimming pools, and
other public locations where people go barefoot can spread the fungus. The infection is not restricted to athletes, however. It can also be spread at nail salons or through any direct contact with contaminated skin, clothing, or shoes.
The fungus grows best in warm, damp conditions. Those who wear tight, wet shoes, or whose feet sweat frequently, are at a higher risk for contracting the infection.
If you believe you have athlete’s foot, don’t spread it. Let Dr. Harvey Danciger, DPM, properly diagnose your problem and provide the best solutions to get your feet back into sporting form. Call our Palm Desert office at (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment.