Let’s talk about TINEA
What is it?
Tinea pedis or tinea as it is more commonly known is actually a fungal infection of the skin.
It presents in the clinic a lot in the summer and we’re getting deep into the spring so the heat going to start coming on and this condition can start to flare up a bit now.
Where on my foot will it be?
So the most common places that we see tinea is:
- in between the toes or
- under the feet.
- you can get it anywhere but that’s where it tends to come up especially in podiatric setting.
What does it look like?
Between the toes:
- you might notice white,
- wet skin now that can just be white, ,
TIP: wet skin can encourage tinea or fungal infection to present
Underneath the foot:
- redness of the skin
- little red dots dryness of the skin
- it’s very common to get itching
**Now you don’t need all the symptoms even one or two is an indicator for tinea**
Where does it come from?
The most common places you will get tinea is in a communal area:
- swimming pools
- public showers (especially if you’re not wearing thongs)
- if you have very sweaty skin
- wearing work boots all day – this encourages moisture and tinea loves this environment
How can you prevent tinea?
At home tips:
- dry between toes well after showering
- if you skin is still wet use a drying agent such as betadine to encourage drying of the area
- we do not recommend powders as they can clump between the toes and increase moisture
- breathable socks and
- change your socks regularly (at least daily)
- protect everyone at home, yourself or anyone else that’s using the same showers as you by wear your thongs (this helps to prevent spread of infection
Hot tip: even after your tinea has cleared, continue to wear thongs in communal areas to prevent re-contraction!
What do Podiatrists do for tinea?
As for podiatry can help:
- diagnose the condition properly because there are a lot of conditions that look like it whether it’s psoriasis, eczema, an allergic reaction or another rare skin condition
- prescribe the right treatment for the tinea (spray, cream or both)
- we can reduce the skin by opening it up so the treatment can penetrate effectively
To find out more watch Caelin’s video on tinea: https://youtu.be/dZCJdQd-kcQ
If you think you might have tinea click the link to book your appointment now: https://holisticfootclinic.com.au/booking/