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Tinea Pedis: Athlete’s Foot

Tinea Pedis: Athlete’s Foot
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Tinea Pedis

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Tinea pedis, otherwise known as “Athlete’s Foot,” refers to a common fungal infection that usually affects the bottom of the foot and between the toes. It typically manifests as itching, scaling, and redness. Athlete’s Foot is incredibly common, affecting more than 15% of the worldwide population and is found more frequently in men than in women.

What Causes Tinea Pedis?

Tinea pedis is nearly always caused by contact with one of the following fungi: Microsporum, Epidermophyton, and Trichophyton. These fungis can be picked up in public showers, bathrooms, or locker rooms. It can also be transmitted from another person. The following factors can increase the chances of developing Tinea Pedis:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Poor hygiene
  • Weakened immune systems
  • Diabetes

Types of Tinea Pedis

Toe Web Infection

Toe Web Infection refers to fungal infections that occur between the toes.

Moccasin Infection

Moccasin Infection refers to fungal infections that occur on the sole of the foot.

Vesicular Infection

Vesticular Infection occurs anywhere on the foot and results in painful blisters.

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Tinea Pedis Symptoms

  • Itching
  • Soreness
  • Burning on the soles of the foot
  • Blisters
  • Cracking and peeling of the skin
  • Drying
  • Scaling
  • Raw skin on the feet
  • Thick, discolored toenails
  • Soggy toes
  • Toenails that pull away from the nail bed

Diagnosing Tinea Pedis

Tinea pedis can be diagnosed by your primary care physician, but in some cases they will refer you to a podiatrist for further treatment. A podiatrist can perform diagnostic tests that will determine the type of fungus that has caused your Athlete’s Foot and this will help determine the most efficient course of treatment.

Treating Tinea Pedis

Oral antifungal medications and antibiotics are the most common treatment for tinea pedis. Topical steroids may also be used to relieve the symptoms until the condition is resolved.

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