What is foot rot?
Foot Rot is a Singaporean term for Athlete’s foot. It is a skin condition due to fungal infection. It is one of the most common skin conditions and frequently seen in military personnel in Singapore.
What causes foot rot?
Foot Rot, medically known as tinea pedis, is an infection caused by fungi and it usually takes root on the surface of the skin. The most common species of fungus that cause the infection is Trichophyton rubrum. This species can also invade the nails, causing fungal nail infections.
This foot condition is highly contagious and can be transmitted through direct skin contact with anyone who is infected. It can also spread through items which have been contaminated by a foot rot patient, such as clothes, shoes, or socks. It can also be transmitted through puddles of dirty water to the skin.
People who are highly exposed to the elements have a higher chance of getting foot rot. This includes military personnel who spend long hours in tropical rainforests, people who walk around barefooted at public gym showers and frequent swimmers.
People who have sweaty feet or a history of foot rot also have a higher chance for getting this infection. Immunocompromised individuals are highly susceptible to this condition as well.