Fungal Infections

The most common fungal infections of skin are those which occur on the feet. Footwear creates the necessary conditions of moisture and warmth between the toes and communal activity permits the spread of infection. Swimming baths and changing rooms arc the most frequent source of infection.

    Symptoms of Athletes Foot
  • Itching between the lesser toes
  • Red, raw looking skin, which is often itchy
  • Skin hat flakes, peels or cracks
  • Sore, pus-filled, weeping rash

Other fungal infections of the skin may appear as:

  • Small spot-like blisters on one or both feet, appearing like a rash
  • Dry redness and scaly skin all over the soles called moccasin' type

Toenails can also be infected, with the nail becoming thickened, brittle, and yellowish-brown in colour, eventually developing a 'worm-eaten' or porous appearance.

What to do.

  1. Wash feet at least once a day with soap and tepid water, drying thoroughly and gently in between the toes.
  2. Choose hosiery made from natural fibres, preferably cotton.
  3. Wear well-fitting shoes or sandals wherever possible, which allow the air to circulate. Avoid footwear with uppers made of plastics or other non breathable materials.
  4. Change socks or stockings every day.
  5. Use an antifungal powder and spray sparingly between the toes, wipe away excess powder with cotton wool

If you have a fungal infection donít spread it

  1. Never wear shoes or slippers belonging to others.
  2. Use your own towel.
  3. Wear 'flip-flops' when changing in communal places.
  4. Thoroughly rinse the bath or shower after use.

Most creams and powders should be applied twice daily


Toenail infections are more difficult to clear totally than skin infections. Because the nail thickens with fungal infection, it is best for your State Registered Chiropodist/Podiatrist to thin the nail down as far as possible before using a treatment such as a paint or cream. This enables the treatment to reach the affected area in the most effective way.

Tablets are available on prescription only. Your State Registered Chiropodist will advise you. Always read the label.

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