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What Are the Types of Athlete’s Foot? | Fort Worth Podiatry

If your feet are burning or itchy all the time, and if you see what looks like a rash on the skin, you could have athlete’s foot. But did you know that there’s more than one type?

A fungus causes this infection. One of the most common ways to pick it up is to walk barefoot in places where germs hang out, like public pools or gym locker rooms. You can also get it if you share socks, bath towels, or bed sheets with someone who already has it.

The exact symptoms of athlete’s foot depend on which specific type of infection you have. Some types cause rashes that are red and blistery. With others, your skin may seem thick and scaly. So which one might you have?

Toe Web Infection

Your doctor may call this an interdigital infection. That just means it’s between the fingers or toes.

It usually starts on the skin between your fourth and fifth (i.e. pinkie) toes. Sometimes bacteria take hold and makes the fungal infection worse.

Symptoms: You may feel a burning sensation between your toes. The skin may be red, peeling, or scaly, and the rash may smell or give off discharge. In very bad cases, your skin may take on a green color.

Moccasin Infection

If the fungus covers the sole of your foot, it’s called a moccasin infection. You may see the rash spread along your heel and up the side of your foot as well.

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