By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

Most people think that athlete’s foot is caused by the same fungus, but there are species from three different genera that are often found. All share the same characteristic of the dermatophytes in that they can use keratin as a nutrition source.

According to Microbiology: 1 (Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews Series) by Richard A. Harvey “the organisms that are most often isolated from infected tissue are Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum. The infected tissue is initially between the toes but can spread to the nails, which become yellow and brittle. Skin fissures can lead to secondary bacterial infections with consequent lymph node inflammation.”Species from the Microsporum genus have also been found, but they do not attack the nails.

In the case of discolored thickened and brittle nails, the culprit is usually Trichophyton rubrum.

I’ve found the best treatment for it is scrubbing with a course health towel using antiseptic soap. For stubborn athlete’s foot, OTC preparations available at the pharmacy should help get rid of it.


殆どの人は水虫(tinea pedis)は同じ病原体から発生すると思うが、3属からの種が頻繁に発見される。 Microbiology: 1 (Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews Series) by Richard A. Harveyによると「感染組織から最も多く分離する種類は Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytesEpidermophyton floccosum」。Mycosporum属からの種類発生のケースもある。但し、Mycosporum属は爪に感染しない。感染された組織は通常足の指の間だけけれどど、爪に広がることもある。その場合、爪が黄色く割れやすくなる。深い亀裂にはバクテリアによる二次感染とそれに続くリンパ節感染のリスクもある。



English books published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers