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(ARA) - Whether you're at the beach, pool club, gym, camp, work, or even hanging around the house, there's a good chance you may develop a fungal infection this summer.

"Summer heat and humidity brings excess moisture and sweating to our bodies, creating the perfect setting for fungi to grow or fungal infections to develop," says dermatologist Guy Webster, M.D., professor and vice chairman, Department of Dermatology & director for Cutaneous Pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University. "Fungi tend to thrive in warm, moist places, such as between the toes, in the groin, under the breasts, and other parts of the body." One of every five persons gets a fungal infection at some time.

Athlete's foot is the most common fungal skin infection in humans and affects an estimated 70 percent of adults. It occurs mostly among teenagers and adult males. Many people will develop it at least once in their lives.

Contrary to popular belief, walking barefoot in places like public showers, swimming pools and locker rooms are not the main causes of athletes foot, but they can be contributing factors. "Sweaty feet, not drying feet well after swimming or bathing, tight shoes and socks which offer no ventilation, and a warm climate present the perfect setting for the fungus that causes athlete's foot to grow," notes Ronald Lepow, D.P.M., former president of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

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