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A side effect of athlete's foot - bacterial infection
When the skin is injured by the fungus, bacteria can also invade the skin.
This bacteria can cause a bad smell. This bacterial infection and resulting inflammation is known as cellulitis and can occur in the elderly, individuals with diabetes, those with chronic leg swelling or in those who have had veins removed (such as for heart bypass surgery). Patients with impaired immune systems are also at risk. Medical advice and the prescribing of antibiotics may well be necessary for a bacterial infection
Acute and Chronic Athlete's Foot
The acute form of athlete's foot is the infection with moist, scaling between the toes with occasional small blisters and/or fissures. There is burning and itching accompanying the blisters.
The chronic form of athlete's foot differs from the acute form in that it is relatively non-inflammatory. There is a dull redness to the skin and pronounced scaling. It may affect the entire bottom of the foot. It generally does not itch or cause blisters. There may well be a fungal infection of the toenails.
How to prevent the spread of athlete's foot
This condition is called athlete's foot for the very reason that it is mostly athletes who contract the condition. Athletes frequent gyms, swimming pools, locker rooms and showers. Here are a few precautions that you can take to minimize the risk of either passing on the infection to others or catching the infection yourself in the first place: