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How is athlete's foot diagnosed?

Athlete's foot -- a fungal infection of the skin on the foot -- is diagnosed by your symptoms and an examination of your foot. Symptoms of athlete's foot are itching, burning, flaking and cracking of the skin on your foot, most commonly between the toes. The skin often appears red with areas of dead, flaking skin. Many people self-diagnose athlete's foot and begin over-the-counter treatment. If symptoms don't improve, you should contact your healthcare provider.

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