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What is Tinea?

Tinea pedis is a foot infection due to a dermatophyte fungus. It thrives in warm humid conditions and shoes are a great place for fungus to grow.

What does Tinea look like?

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

  • Chronic hyperkeratotic tinea refers to patchy fine dry scaling on the sole of the foot
  • ‘Moccasin’ tinea is extensive hyperkeratotic tinea, in which the skin of the entire sole, heel and sides of the foot is dry but not inflamed. The affected area does not include the top of the foot.
  • Athlete’s foot. Moist peeling irritable skin between the toes, most often in the cleft between the fourth and fifth toes.
  • Clusters of blisters or pustules on the sides of the feet or insteps
  • Round dry patches on the top of the foot.

How can you develop Tinea?

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 barefoot on a communal floor or sharing a towel can result in infection.

Some people are particularly prone to troublesome tinea pedis. This includes people who wear enclosed footwear, wear the same socks or shoes for long periods, sweat excessively, have a poor immune system, or have poor circulation.

How can ProMed help to resolve Tinea?

Tinea is treated with a wholistic approach, as it is present not only on your skin but is also present in your shoes and socks.

Treatment at ProMed for tinea includes:

  • Topical antifungal therapies
  • Oral antifungal therapies (only for extreme cases)
  • Special antifungal washes for your socks and other effected clothes
  • Ultraviolet therapy for shoes to kill fungus
  • Shoes antifungal sprays
  • Advice on ways to prevent future recurrence

Please contact our friendly staff to book an appointment for a Tinea assessment and treatment on 07 5522 1230 or book online.