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Also known as athlete’s foot, tinea pedis is a contagious infection that causes the tinea fungus to grow on the feet. Although it is not a serious condition, it can be difficult to cure.

What causes tinea pedis?

Patients catch tinea pedis by coming into contact with an infected person or contaminated surface. Because the fungus thrives in warm, moist environments, it’s often transmitted via the surfaces in showers, swimming pools and locker rooms.

Symptoms

Tinea pedis causes a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms that affect the feet, including:

  • Itching, stinging and burning
  • Raw skin
  • Cracking and peeling skin
  • Dry skin
  • Discolored toenails
  • Blisters

Prevention

There are several things you can do to prevent tinea pedis. They include:

  • Wash your feet in soapy water every day and dry them completely
  • Wear sandals when using public showers and visiting a public swimming pool
  • Wear breathable socks, composed of cotton or wool, and change them when your feet get sweaty
  • Remain barefoot at home to air your feet out and prevent fungal growth
  • Apply antifungal powder to your feet each day

Current treatment options

There are several over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription-strength treatment options available for tinea pedis:

Over-the-Counter

  • Micronazole
  • Terbinafine
  • Clotrimazole
  • Butenafine
  • Tolnaftate

Prescription-Strength

  • Topical clotrimazole or miconazole
  • Oral itraconazole, fluconazole or terbinafine
  • Topical steroids
  • Oral antibiotics

Potential Complications

In most cases, tinea pedis is mild and clears up with over-the-counter or prescription-strength anti-fungal treatments. However, serious complications can occur. For example, a secondary bacterial infection may develop, which can cause swelling, pain, pus, drainage and a fever. This type of infection may spread to the lymph system as well.

Study: A topical treatment approach for tinea pedis

At Unison, we are recruiting men and women over the age of 18 to participate in a study evaluating the efficacy of a topical medication for tinea pedis. If you are interested and available, and you meet the qualifications outlined below, please contact us today.

  • Length of trial: Six weeks
  • Age range: Males and females 18 years or older
  • Treatment: The efficacy of a topical medication for tinea pedis (foot fungus)

All of our clinical trials are free of cost. No medical insurance is necessary and you may be compensated for your participation.

Join our patient database

If you’re interested in joining one of our current or upcoming tinea pedis clinical trials, please join our patient database today. We will review your information and reach out for a consultation if you qualify for the study.

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