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How do fungi spread?

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Fungi enter your body through tiny cracks in your skin. You can catch them by touching someone who has them. You can also catch fungi if your bare feet come in contact with them. This might happen when you walk barefoot in warm, moist areas, like a locker room or public pool.

From: Preventing Foot Fungus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: “Skin Infections & Rashes.”

CDC: “Fungal Diseases.”

Crawford, F. , 2009. BMJ Clinical Evidence

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Athlete’s Foot.”

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: “Athlete’s Foot.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Athlete’s Foot: Overview.”

The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine: “Athlete’s Foot.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Athlete’s Foot: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Pedicure Pointers.”

The College of Podiatry: “Sweaty Feet.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 22, 2018

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SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: “Skin Infections & Rashes.”

CDC: “Fungal Diseases.”

Crawford, F. , 2009. BMJ Clinical Evidence

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Athlete’s Foot.”

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: “Athlete’s Foot.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Athlete’s Foot: Overview.”

The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine: “Athlete’s Foot.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Athlete’s Foot: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Pedicure Pointers.”

The College of Podiatry: “Sweaty Feet.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 22, 2018

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