Fungal infections may affect the skin (athletes foot) or nails (onychomychosis) on your feet. Feet which are prone to sweating, maceration, and dampness or not dried enough after showering will be prone to fungal infection.
For information on Fungal Nail Infection, see
A fungal infection on the skin of the feet, is called tinea pedis or Athletes Foot.
There are 3 main types of fungal infection. The symptoms will vary depending on which type of fungal infection you have.
1. Interdigital Fungal Infection. This is a fungal infectioin that occurs between the toes (interdigitally). In most cases this will start between the forth and fifth(baby) toes.
Symptoms : your skin may be white, red, peeling or scaly. There may be a rash which can have a smell or give off a discharge.
2. Moccasin Fungal Infection. When the fungal infection covers the sole of your foot its called a moccasin infection. Sometimes a rash spreads along your heel and up the side of your foot also.
Symptoms : your feet may feel sore, dry or slightly itchy. Later on the skin thickens, cracks or peels.
3. Vesicular Fungal Infection. This can happen anywhere on the foot and is characterised by blisters.
Symptoms: Small red blisters appear on soles or between toes. The rash may feel itchy or painful. If the blisters burst you could get a bacterial infection and need antibiotics.
Treatment at Nenagh Footcare Clinic
At Nenagh Footcare Clinic, your skin will be examined for any signs of a fungal skin infection as part of a routine treatment. Treatment will be advised taking into consideration the extent of the fungal infection and if it is a reoccurring infection or once off.
Advice will be given on how to keep your fungal infection at bay, taking into account work and sport commitments.
Advice will be given on products to use, following treatment to eradicate the fungal infection
Early treatment of fungal skin infection means that you will get rid of the infection easier than if left on the skin for prolonged periods of time, allowing the infection to spread.
Always clear a fungal infection from your feet, even if not painful/itchy, otherwise it
• can travel into nails, where it is much more difficult to treat.
• causes the skin to split/crack, making it easier for bacterial infections to enter the skin. A condition know as Cellulitis can occur causing the skin to become red, irritated and painful/tender. This can be dangerous and needs immediate medical attention.
• can be transferred to the groin area as you put on underwear. This can result in red/itchy groin area