What is Tinea?

Tinea is caused by a fungus that affect the hair, skin or nails. It may be called Athlete’s Foot or Tinea Pedis when the feet are infected. This is a common form of infection which thrives in warm humid areas, such as shoes, socks or between toes.

Infection is more likely to occur if you:

  • go barefoot at public swimming pools or showers
  • share shoes, socks or towels with people already infected.

Tinea and your feet

Tinea may affect the feet in several ways:

  • Little blisters, which are often itchy, may appear on the bottom of the foot
  • The skin between the toes may be red, soggy or itchy
  • Hard, dry, callous-looking skin on the bottom and sides of the feet may occur
  • The nails may become thick, discoloured, cracked and brittle

Tinea may be prevented by:

  • Wearing thongs around swimming pools and in communal showers
  • Taking care not to allow small cracks to occur in your skin
  • Wearing leather shoes and cotton socks to allow the skin to breathe
  • Washing and drying feet carefully each day

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