What makes you likely to get Tinea Pedis?
Fugus thrives in warm and moist environments. Common areas that fungi can be found are in showers and public bathrooms.
Other causes that are more hygienically related are:
- Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
- Letting feet stay wet/moist without aeration
- Excessive wearing of occlusive footwear, with limited airing out
- Underlying immunodeficiency or diabetes mellitus
- Systemic corticosteroids or immune suppressive medications
- Poor peripheral circulation or lymphoedema.
How can Tinea Pedis be treated?
Most Tinea infections respond well to antifungal creams and can be bought from most chemist. Some infections can be more stubborn and may require the use of an antifungal medication in the form of a tablet. This is determined on severity and can only be prescribed by a doctor.
Some examples include:
- Topical antifungals: Creams or sprays applied on the infected area to clear the infection.
- Systemic antifungals: Doctor may prescribe oral antifungal medications.
- Antibiotics: May be prescribed if a bacterial infection develops due to blisters bursting.
- Topical steroids: Prescribed to prevent/control inflammation.