Tinea is easily treated but you need to act fast to stop it spreading
You may be wondering what that dry, itchy skin is on your foot or what the tiny little blisters are on your foot - it's likely Tinea or as it is otherwise known, Athlete's foot. Not all tinea appears in between the toes as cracked or wet. Tinea is a fungal infection of the skin, usually caused by dermatophytes (fungus), that can be anywhere from mildly irritating to very painful. It's important to get Tinea treated before it becomes a serious problem that spreads across your feet.
Tinea can present as any of the following:
- Dry skin on the foot
- Cracked inbetween the toes
- Smelly inbetween the toes
- Blisters on the bottom of the foot/toes
- Red, circular and blistery lesions around the borders of the foot
Prevention of tinea is better than cure!
Tinea loves warm and wet environments, particular sweat feet, swimming pools and closed in footwear. This is why it is often referred to as Athletes foot, as many athletes wear closed in shoes and sweat a lot. It is much easy to add a few simple habits into your daily routine to prevent tinea, rather than spending weeks trying to treat and get rid of it. We can guide you on the right habits to ensure tinea doesn't take hold on your feet.
If not treated properly, Tinea is likely to return
If tinea is not treated properly and the fungal spores eradicated from socks, shoes etc, it is very likely that the tinea will return. It’s important to find out the reason you keep getting tinea (it can be something as simple as assessing the health of your toenails) and eliminate this so you don’t get it again. The fungal spores are very resistant to treatment and if you don’t treat it for the right amount of time then these fungal spores will cause another infection - we can help you find the cause, treat your tinea and make sure it doesn't come back.