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:
Tinea pedis has various patterns and may affect one or both feet.
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:
The diagnosis of tinea pedis is confirmed by microscopy and culture of skin scrapings.
If treatment is unsuccessful consider:
Moccasin tinea is particularly resistant to treatment.
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