How To Treat Tinea
This video talks about treating tinea
Hello I'm Charles Goldman, a qualified Chiropodist/Podiatrist. I run “The Foot Pad” chiropody and physical therapy clinic in Holborn, Central London. Today I'm going to talk to you about various foot problems and their treatment.
In this film were going to discuss the treatment of tinea. Tinea pedis is basically a fungal infection of the foot. There are several types of tinea you can get, the most common type is ringworm which is basically a circular fungal infection normally found on the leg.
Fungal infections of the foot normally occur between the fourth and fifth toes and on the base of the foot itself. These are generally treated with fungicides. You have to determine that it is a tinea infection and not dermatitis which is an allergic reaction to a chemical, the treatment would obviously be different.
A topical steroid wouldn't aggravate the dermatitis particularly but you have to be aware that it can increase fungal infection. The treatment of fungal infection is with common fungicides - such as Mycozil, Mycota or Canestan - which comes in a cream or liquid form. These are very effective at treating fungal infections on the foot.
You have to apply them generally over several days. The mistake that most people make is that they apply them until the symptoms disappear and then stop, forgetting the fact that you could re-infect yourself from your socks or shoes. So ideally you would apply them until all the symptoms have gone and then carry on for another ten days, two weeks to make sure that you don't get re-infected.
Any irritation on the foot should be checked to make sure that it is tinea first, especially between the toes if you've got cracked or itching skin then you use these treatments. And this is the way we advice you treat tinea in the foot.