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Tinea, also known as athlete's foot, is a fungal infection that affects the skin of the feet.


It is caused by various types of fungi, and it can be easily transmitted in warm, moist environments such as public swimming pools, showers, and gym locker rooms. Here are some frequently asked questions about tinea and how Blueprint Podiatry can help:

What are the common symptoms of tinea?

Tinea typically presents with symptoms such as itching, burning, and stinging sensations on the feet. The skin may become red, dry, and scaly, and in some cases, small blisters may develop. The infection often occurs between the toes but can also affect other areas of the foot, including the soles and sides.

How is tinea diagnosed?

A podiatrist at Blueprint Podiatry can diagnose tinea by examining the affected area and assessing the characteristic symptoms. In some cases, a skin scraping or sample may be needed to confirm the presence of fungal infection.

What are the treatment options for tinea?

Blueprint Podiatry offers various treatment options for tinea depending on the severity and extent of the infection. These may include topical antifungal medications, such as creams or sprays, which are applied directly to the affected area. They may also provide advice on proper foot hygiene, including keeping the feet clean and dry, wearing breathable footwear, and using antifungal powders or sprays as a preventive measure.

How can I prevent tinea?

Preventing tinea involves taking certain precautions to minimise the risk of fungal infection. Blueprint Podiatry can provide guidance on preventive measures, including:

  • Keeping the feet clean and dry, especially between the toes.
  • Avoid walking barefoot in public areas, such as communal showers or locker rooms.
  • Wearing moisture-wicking socks and breathable footwear.
  • Changing socks and shoes regularly.
  • Using antifungal powders or sprays on the feet and inside shoes as a preventive measure.

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