Tinea Pedis


What is Tinea Pedis?

Tinea Pedis, also known as athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the skin. It usually occurs in warm and moist areas like between the toes. It can cause itching, burning, and cracking of the skin. It can be spread through direct contact with someone who has the infection, contact with surfaces contaminated with the fungus, or through sharing of personal items like towels, socks, and shoes.

Cause of Tinea Pedis

Tinea Pedis is caused by a fungus known as Trichophyton, which lives on the outer skin layer and feeds on the dead skin cells. In warm and moist environments, this fungus can multiply quickly and cause infection.

Signs and Symptoms of Tinea Pedis

The most common signs and symptoms of Tinea Pedis include:

  • Itching, burning, and cracking of the foot
  • Flaky skin
  • Redness or scaling between the toes
  • Thick or yellow nails

Diagnosis of Tinea Pedis

Tinea Pedis can be diagnosed by a physical exam by your doctor or dermatologist. Your doctor may also take a scraping of the affected area and examine it under a microscope to check for the presence of the fungus. The doctor may also order certain blood tests to look for signs of infection.

Treatment of Tinea Pedis

Treatment for Tinea Pedis includes topical and oral antifungal medications. Your doctor may also recommend soaking the feet in warm water and drying the feet thoroughly between the toes to prevent further infection.

Prevention of Tinea Pedis

Preventing Tinea Pedis involves avoiding contact with people who have the infection, as well as avoiding shared items like towels, socks, and shoes. It is also important to keep the feet dry and wear loose-fitting shoes. Additionally, it is important to practice good hygiene, such as washing your feet regularly and drying them thoroughly.