Athlete's foot and warts conditions are highly contagious, and can be passed through direct contact, or contact with items such as shoes, stockings, and shower or pool surfaces. The infections can be picked up through small breaks in the skin of the bottom of the foot.
In order to stop the spread of germs and viruses that cause both of these, Dr. Tracey Vlahovic, D.P.M., associate professor of podiatric medicine and orthopedics at Temple University's School of Podiatric Medicine, suggests keeping your feet clean and dry. While socks are essential for people with diabetes, don't wear dirty socks. Also, be sure to thoroughly clean your bath or shower area. "If one person in the household has it, everyone should be cautious and take proper precautions," said Dr. Vlahovic. And if you must use a public shower, make sure to wear flip-flops to protect your feet. If you do develop an infection, see your doctor for proper treatment.
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 8/08
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