Paul in Peterborough asked:
Why is athleteís foot just on the feet? Why do they just live there?Ē
Chris - Microbes have their own niche. There are certain places on the body where they like to be- they're optimised to grow in those places. Feet are wonderful. They have dead skin which serves as protein, lots of sweat, and itís warm, and itís protected, and itís easy to spread around because you have to put your feet on the ground when you walk about.
One can get yeast/fungal infections in other parts of the body, but it is a different species of yeast, such as Candidiasis sometimes found under breasts, or Tinea corporis found around various parts of the body.
I'm pretty sure it is the same species of trichophyton fungus that causes both athletes foot and jock itch and similar superficial skin fungal infections like that. Candida yeast prefer moister mucus membranes like the throat, vagina, or diaper rash in babies. cheryl j, Wed, 30th May 2012
The extremely handsome Geezer feet were prone to emanate some fairly remarkable odors. However, I discovered that by wearing the thick and comfy socks that are made with a very high cotton content, the pong is virtually eliminated.