You might think that slouching on the sofa with a bag of pork scratchings, abstaining from all athletic pursuits, would render you immune from this fungal infection of the foot. However, this condition is not simply the preserve of the sportsperson, as it’s estimated that it athlete’s foot is present in between 15% – 20% of UK adult population. The infection is caused by a number of fungal species which you can typically pick up from communal areas such as pools, showers and changing rooms, or anywhere where you may walk around barefooted. Athlete’s foot can lead to intense itching, cracked, blistered or peeling areas of skin, redness and scaling. However, sprays, creams and anti-fungal powders can be used to treat the condition.
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