What increases my risk for athlete's foot?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Walking barefoot in public spaces, especially warm and wet environments such as shared shower facilities, can increase your risk of catching athlete's foot. You are also at risk if you wear plastic shoes, or wear socks or shoes that are wet or too tight. Your risk is heightened if you use an object, such as bed sheets, that someone with athlete's foot has also used, or if you touch the other person's infected feet. Men and people with weakened immune systems are also at a higher risk for developing athlete's foot.

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