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Conditions Treated

Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)

What is it?

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is caused by several types of fungal organisms. People often have an itching sensation and cracking, peeling or scaly skin. Athlete’s foot commonly presents in the space between the toes but can be more widespread and even cause blistering.

Cause

Athlete’s foot is caused by fungi.  These organisms thrive in a moist and warm environment including certain parts of the body as well as the shoes and socks.

Treatment

Diagnosis is typically made based on history, symptoms and visual exam.  Scrapings of the involved area may need to be obtained for pathology analysis. Prescription antifungal medications are the most effective way to treat tinea pedis. Often, topical medications are only needed but severe cases require oral medications. The treatment of Athlete’s foot depends on reducing skin moisture. Shoes should be rotated, and socks should be changed frequently. Feet should be thoroughly dried. Sprays and powders can be helpful.  Chronic Athlete’s foot can also result in Dermatitis, requiring additional treatment.

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