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Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)

Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)

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Athlete’s Foot(Tinea pedis)
Loh Xin Hui03/06/09
 
Background
Athlete's foot(tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the soles of the feet andthe interdigital spaces.
 Thought to be the world’s most common dermatophytosis.experienced by up to 70% of the population at some time in their lives.
Trichophyton rubrum
,
Trichophyton mentagrophytes,
and
Epidermophytonfloccosum
are the most commonly cause tinea pedis, with
T.rubrum
beingthe most common cause worldwide.
 Tinea pedis may lead to an autosensistisation reaction, calleddermatophytid, which is a secondary cutaneous reaction occurs at a sitedistant to a primary fungal infection, resulting in tinea manuum (fungalinfection of palms and finger webs), tinea unguium (fungal infection of nails), or tinea cruris (fungal infection of the groin and pubic region).
 
Background
 Tinea pedis is contagious, and spreads fromperson to person through skin-to-skin contact,or indirectly through towels, clothes or floors.
 The prevalence increases with age. Mostlyoccurs after puberty.
Adults are more likely than children to getathlete's foot. And, men get it more often thanwomen do.

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