Who is affected by athlete's foot

Athlete's foot is the most common type of fungal infection. At any time, about 1 in every 10 people has a case of athlete's foot.1 Athlete's foot is:2

  • Common in men and uncommon in women.
  • Found more often among people sharing baths, showers, or swimming pools.
  • Uncommon in children. (In children, it may resemble eczema, another skin condition that causes reddening and scaling of the skin.)


  1. Verma S, Heffernan MP (2008). Superficial fungal infection: Dermatophytosis, onychomycosis, tinea nigra, piedra. In K Wolff et al., eds., Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, 7th ed., vol 2, pp. 1807–1821. New York: McGraw Hill.
  2. Habif TP (2004). Dermatophyte fungal infections section of Superficial fungal infections. In Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy, 4th ed., pp. 409–439. Philadelphia: Mosby.

Last Updated: July 2, 2008

Author: Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine

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