Skin Infections in Athletes

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about skin infections and how they affect athletes.

What are the most common fungal infections that occur in athletes, and how are they treated?

Ringworm and athlete’s foot are the most common fungal infections to occur in athletes.

While most fungal infections are named for their location on your body, ringworm is named for how it looks. Ringworm starts as a reddish ring that clears to a skin color in the middle.

Athlete’s foot is common on athlete’s feet. It usually occurs in the space between your toes and causes itching, burning, scaly skin. 

Both ringworm and athlete’s foot can usually be treated with over-the-counter antifungal cream. Prescription medications are also available for more serious cases.

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Source: Robert Harrington, MD, Family Medicine of Huber Heights, Premier Health, National Institutes of Health, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons