Athletes foot can be recognised by taking a scaling of the skin and sending the sample for lab analysis. Signs and symptoms include peeling, red, itchy, cracked skin often with small brown marks or dried blisters. Itching and burning may increase as the infection spreads. Fungi thrive in damp, warm environments. Pool decks, public showers, and other communal areas are breeding grounds for athlete's foot and it is transmitted from one person to the other. People who suffer from sweaty feet are particularly prone. Many over-the-counter products are available to help with this condition including anti-fungal powders, creams and sprays, but many times a prescription antifungal is required. Prevention of such conditions from developing is key; daily washing of the feet, drying the feet carefully, changing socks and shoes regularly to decrease moisture, avoiding walking barefoot, reducing perspiration by using talcum powder and wearing cotton socks which absorb moisture will aid in preventing this condition.