Fungal infections are somewhat similar to one another because they basically are all tissue being attacked by fungi. Athlete’s foot, jock itch, nail fungus and ringworm are a collection of fungal infections that start with the primitive organism attacking living tissue. Nail fungus treatment, ringworm cream and other such solutions work to kill the fungi by creating an inhospitable environment. The specific differences between athlete’s foot and nail fungus is discussed at greater length below.
The difference between athlete’s foot and nail fungus is essentially the tissue that the fungal agents attack. Fungi, like any living organism, need foot to live and the fungal agents that attack human tissue are no different. The fungi that cause nail fungus are called dermatophytes and those that cause athlete’s foot are known as trichophyton rubrum. Nail fungus agents feed on the keratin in human nails and athlete’s foot fungal agents live on skin. Jock itch and ringworm are other fungal infections where the fungal agents prey on skin. So essentially, the only difference between these infections is the area on the body where they attack. Keeping your skin and nails clean and dry throughout the day is the best method for preventing fungal agents from attacking any part of your body.