Foot fungus

How to tell if I have foot fungus

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 25, 2017
How to tell if I have foot fungus

Foot fungus occurs, especially in hot weather or in places with high humidity. There are several types of fungi, among which are athletes foot and onychomycosis (nail fungus). Both are caused by a parasite called 'dermatophytes', more commonly known as 'Trichophyton rubrum' fungus that invades the foot and multiplies. This type of fungi is commonly found in public places with high humidity or heat, such as gym locker rooms, public pools, public showers, etc. So you can quickly identify such ailments and get straight to your doctor, in this article we show you how to tell if you have foot fungus.

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Steps to follow:


Foot fungus can spread to other parts of the body, as well as to other people as it is an infectious disease. But that isn't the only way to catch it, fungi resides in the environment so that you can become infected simply by stepping on infected ground.


Onicomicosisn is the most common condition and also the most difficult to cure. To know whether you have nail fungus you must look at the colour and texture of them. Nails affected by fungi tend to change colour to a more yellowish hue, during the first days, which will darken to become black if not treated and eliminated. Fungi are found under the nail, therefore, infected nails begin to also change their appearance and texture and become corroded, pitted and have a worn appearance. Here is an article that details how to cure nail fungus.

How to tell if I have foot fungus - Step 2

Athlete's foot is characterised by the appearance of fungi between the toes or on the sole. This is caused by the ringworm fungus and is also very common among most of the population. To identify and know if you have athlete's foot, you must take into account the following symptoms:

  • Itching sensation, stinging or burning between the toes or on a specific part of the sole
  • Inflammation of part of the foot and redness
  • Dry skin and in severe cases, cracked, scaly and even bleeding skin.
  • In cases of serious fungal infections blisters may appear that itch and ooze fluid
  • Strong and unpleasant odour

It is very easy to confuse the symptoms produced by fungi with dry skin and, therefore, so it isn't treated and identified until the infection is very advanced. That is why you should check your feet all the time, take care, treat your nails and spend time to prevent such ailments occurring, or you can monitor them if they have already appeared.

How to tell if I have foot fungus - Step 4

If you experience any of the above symptoms, be they caused by athlete's foot or nail fungus, please go to your doctor immediately for them to diagnose and treat the foot fungus. If not cured and disposed of properly, it can lead to more fungi and even to fungal infections in other parts of the body, while increasing the severity of existing ones.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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