Athlete's Foot - What Increases Your Risk
Athlete's foot is easily
spread (contagious). You can get it by touching the affected area of a person
who has it. More commonly, you pick up the fungi from damp, contaminated
surfaces, such as the floors in public showers or locker rooms.
Although athlete's foot is contagious, some people are more likely to get
it (susceptible) than others.
Susceptibility may increase with age. Experts don't know why some people are
more likely to get it. After you have had athlete's foot, you are more likely
to get it again.
If you aren't susceptible to athlete's foot, you
may come in contact with the
fungi that cause athlete's foot yet not get an
infection. But you can still spread the fungi to others.
Risk factors you cannot change
Risk factors you
cannot change include:
- Being male. Men are more susceptible than
- Having a history of being susceptible to
- Having an
impaired immune system (due to conditions such as
diabetes or cancer).
- Living in a warm,
- Aging. Athlete's foot is more common in older adults.
Children rarely get it.
Risk factors you can change
Risk factors you can
- Allowing your feet to remain
- Wearing tight, poorly ventilated shoes.
public or shared showers or locker rooms without wearing shower
- Doing activities that involve being in the water for long
periods of time.