Tinea pedis

Created 2003.

What is tinea pedis?

Tinea pedis is a foot infection due to a dermatophyte fungus. Tinea pedis thrives in warm humid conditions and is most common in young adult men.

Tinea pedis is most frequently due to:

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Clinical features of tinea pedis

Tinea pedis has various patterns and may affect one or both feet.

Factors predisoposing to tinea pedis

Tinea pedis affects all ages but is more common in adults than in children. The fungal spores can persist for months or years in bathrooms, changing rooms and swimming pools. Walking bare foot on a communal floor or sharing a towel can result in infection.

Some people are particularly prone to troublesome tinea pedis. This may be because:

Diagnosis of tinea pedis

The diagnosis of tinea pedis is confirmed by microscopy and culture of skin scrapings.

Treatment of tinea pedis

Tinea pedis is usually treated with topical antifungal agents, but if the treatment is unsuccessful, oral antifungal medicines may be considered, including terbinafine and itraconazole.

Resistance of tinea pedis to treatment

If treatment is unsuccessful consider:

Moccasin tinea is particularly resistant to treatment.

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