Yes, athlete’s foot is contagious. This particular condition—which is marked by an itching, burning sensation that begins between the toes—is a common fungal infection. The fungus that causes the issue often resides in warm, damp locations like gym showers and locker rooms and pool decks. An individual who has the fungal infection can transfer it to a surface or item (towels, socks, etc.) and then another individual can become infected.
Another way the condition spreads is from body part to another on the same individual. If someone scratches an infected foot and then touches the other foot, it is possible for the fungus to be transferred and create issues on the new foot.
Athlete’s foot is contagious and irritating, but the good news is that it is also quite treatable. Many cases can be handled at home with the use of over-the-counter antifungal products. For severe fungal infections, professional treatment may be required.
When you require a prescription-strength medication for a difficult case, let our foot specialists at Richardson Podiatry Associates provide the care you need. Contact our Richardson podiatrist office online or give us a call at (972) 690-5374 for more information or to schedule an appointment.