What is Tinia?
Tinia pedis is a foot fungal infection due to a dermatophyte fungus. Tinia is also known as athletes foot due to contracture in communal areas such as bathrooms. Tinia / athletes foot thrives in dark, warm, and humid conditions. Tinia / athletes foot is a superficial infection that is caused by exposure to active fungal spores.
Symptoms of Tinia
- Itchiness either in between the toes or the soles of the feet
- Possible foul odour
- Scaling or peeling skin
- Redness of feet.
- Clusters of blisters or pustules on the sides of the feet or insteps
Causes for Tinia
It is normal for a variety of bacteria and fungi to live on your body; in fact, many of these are quite useful and contribute to good health. However, some bacteria and fungi can multiply rapidly, leading to infection. Tinea results from a particular type of fungus multiplying too rapidly on the skin, scalp or nails. The fungi that can infect the skin in this way are known as dermatophytes. Prolonged moistness on the body, such as sweat, creates an ideal environment for this overpopulation. You can also catch tinea by contact with contaminated objects and surfaces, such as combs, articles of clothing, locker room floors, or showers. It can even be transmitted through a pet. Poor circulation and immune deficiency also increase the risk for Tinia Infections.
When to see a podiatrist?
By neglecting the treatment you will run the risk of developing a secondary bacterial infection, so is highly recommended to see your podiatrist. Left untreated, tinea can—and most likely will—spread, both to others as well as on your own body.
Treatments for Tinia
Tinea responds well to treatment with over-the-counter antifungal products. (Buy Here) Most tinea infections clear up within four weeks of treatment. However, for resistant or persistent infections, prescription medications may be needed.
Also remember to:
- Where clean cotton socks, changing each day
- Where sandals or thongs when at a public shower or pool
- Dry feet thoroughly after showering (use separate towel)
Is Tinia Treatment covered by Private Health Insurances?
Call us to find out whether your tinia treatment is covered by your private health care provider. There are a few things to consider with your private health fund such as your level of cover, your policy waiting periods, annual limits and fund rules. It is important to know what you are up for prior to your visits to avoid unwanted, expensive surprises.