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Athlete's foot is the term used for a common disorder affecting the skin between the toes. The cleft between the fourth and fifth toes is the most frequently affected, with moist soft skin that peels off easily. Often the skin splits uncomfortably (a fissure). It may smell unpleasant. It is generally mild; very inflamed athlete's foot is generally due to secondary bacterial infection.


Athlete's foot can be due to one factor or a combination of factors.

- Bacterial infection (erythrasma, pseudomonas, Staphylococci and Streptococci).

- Mould infection.

- Soft corn (build-up of thick skin because the toes are pressing against each other).

- Injury e.g. over-vigorous removal of peeling skin.

- Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema or keratolysis exfoliativa.

-Fungal infection (tinea pedis).

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