The Science Behind Foot Fungus
Not all foot fungus is the same. Find out the different causes and what they mean for your feet.
Whether you call it athlete's foot, foot fungus, or the fancier sounding tinea pedis, when your feet are itching, burning, and cracking, something’s wrong. How does it happen and what exactly causes it? The fungi that cause athlete’s foot are called dermaphytes, but there are different kinds of dermaphytes that could impact the way athlete’s foot affects you.1
How to Fight Your Dermaphytes
No matter which type of dermaphyte has caused your foot fungus, it’s usually easily treatable.5 And if you have Athlete’s Foot caused by one of the three common strains above, then over-the-counter treatments like LamisilAT® can knock it out quickly. After the condition has cleared up, take precautionary measures like keeping your socks and sneakers dry, wearing rubber flip-flops in the locker room and shower, and using a powder, like LamisilAF Defense® Powder Spray, to stay ahead of foot fungus and keep your feet happy.
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