Some helpful information from The Boy's Body Guide, a health and hygiene book for young men ages 8 to 14.
You don't need to be an athlete to get athlete’s foot. It’s a common skin infection caused by a fungus that eats old skin cells. The fungus grows on warm damp surfaces around swimming pools, school locker rooms, and public showers. When you walk barefoot in these places, the fungus ends up on your feet.

Fungus grows on sweaty damp feet. To keep your feet fungus free:
  • Dry your feet really well after swimming, showering, and bathing—especially between your toes.
  • Keep your feet clean and don’t wear the same pair of shoes and socks day after day. Don’t share towels or shoes with your friends.
  • Wear sandals or flip-flops in places the fungus grows, such as public showers and school locker rooms.
If you have itchy, cracked, blistered, or peeling areas between your toes, or on the bottoms of your feet, you probably have athlete’s foot. Don’t scratch, and don’t worry! Athlete’s foot is easy to treat with any of the sprays, powders, or creams available at the drugstore.

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