Athlete’s foot can cause the skin to flake and peel. As the skin is itchy you are more likely to scratch which can cause the skin to split. In severe cases a secondary infection can occur where the skin has split.
Fungal infections thrive in dark, warm and moist environments. Inside the shoe is the perfect environment for an infection to develop. Athlete’s foot can be spread by direct contact or by touching a surface that has been in contact with the infected area. Gyms and changing rooms are often cited as places for the infection to spread due to the warm moist environment.
Athlete’s foot can spread to the surrounding areas and the nails if left untreated. In severe cases, a fungal nail infection can develop. A fungal nail infection can be uncomfortable and causes the nail to become discoloured and have a strong odour.
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