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Gross out? – You Can Do It – avoiding athlete’s foot

You may think “Yeccchhh!” But athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a common skin infection. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in warm and moist environments–by swimming pools and on locker-room shower floors, for example. And a sweaty, poorly ventilated foot is its ideal breeding ground.

Infection symptoms: itchy, red, scaly skin and blisters. If athlete’s foot isn’t treated–with over-the-counter powders or a doctor’s visit–cracked blisters can lead to more severe bacterial infections. Plus, toenails can thicken, yellow, even fall off. Best prevention: Keep your feet clean and dry (especially between toes). Avoid wearing sweaty footwear.

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