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Athlete’s foot or Tinea pedis is caused by a fungal infection between the toes and over the foot. The commonest symptoms are itching, burning, stinging, flaking, scaling, blistering and bleeding skin between the toes or the sides of the feet.
Types of Tinea pedis infections include toe web infections, moccasin-type infections and so forth. (2)
Toe web infections commonly affect the webs between the two smallest toes. The skin turns pale, moist and soft initially.
There may be pain, burning or stinging with itching and a slight smell.
As the infection worsens there may be secondary bacterial infection. This may lead to foul smell, pain, pus formation, blistering, oozing and bleeding.
Moccasin-type infection is a long term infection. It starts as a small area of dryness, burning, or itching skin.
Slowly the area is thickened, with scaling, flaking and peeling skin. This may affect toe nails as well.
Vesicular infection is the least common type of athlete’s foot.
It begins as blisters usually over the instep of the foot or in the toe webs.
It may progress to a full-fledged infection often affecting other areas.
There may be a risk of secondary bacterial infections as well.