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Tinea Pedis

What is tinea pedis?

Tinea Pedis, also commonly referred to as ‘Athlete’s Foot’, is a parasitical infection that affects the epidermis of the foot. It is also known as tinea pedia. The fungal infection is caused by a group of fungi referred to as dermatophytes. Although generally caused by a mold, tinea pedis can also be caused, at times, by a yeast growing on the skin surface which can then spread into the skin tissue itself. Tinea pedis generally occurs between the toes and this type of infection is known as interdigital tinea pedis. Inflammatory or vesicular tinea pedis is on the other hand a dermatophytid reaction that occurs on the hands or fingers. This is an allergic reaction to the presence of tinea pedis in the foot, and can not occur independently. A much rarer form of the disease is bullous tinea in which the patient has itchy and painful blisters on the ball or arch of the foot.

Tinea Pedis Treatment

A variety of conventional or alternative medications can be used for effective tinea pedis treatment. In addition to any medication however it is absolutely essential to maintain high levels of hygiene, which can at times be enough to cure the condition. Application of a topical medication is the most common conventional treatment practiced in conjunction with some basic hygiene measures. Severe or prolonged infections may also require oral anti-fungal medication.

There are numerous home remedies and herbal remedies for tenia pedis that are also quite effective. Applying tea tree oil to the affected areas is believed to relieve symptomatic itching. Onion extract can also be used as an effective topical application. Garlic is another herb that is useful in the treatment of tinea pedis. Ajoene, which is a compound present in garlic makes garlic extract effective against tinea pedis. Baking soda is also very commonly used to treat the condition. you can either sprinkle it directly onto your feet and in your footwear or make a paste with water and apply it to your feet. Applying rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide directly to the affected area after a bath helps kill of the fungus on the skin surface and aids in the prevention of a secondary infection. In addition you can also soak your feet in rubbing alcohol or alcohol. This helps dry out the skin, killing the invading fungus.

Basic hygienic practices remain the most important tinea pedis treatment, so make it a point to always keep your feet clean and dry. Fungi thrive in moist and damp regions, so this is of particular importance when treating tinea pedis.