In some cases, your doctor may be able to diagnose athlete's foot simply by looking at it. To help confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions, your doctor might:
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- Take skin scrapings or samples from the infected area and view them under a microscope
- View your feet under black light from a Wood's light
- Send a small sample of your skin to a lab to be tested
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