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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is tinea / tinea unguium?

Also known as "athlete's foot". It is caused by a fungal infection of the feet.

Symptoms related to tinea / tinea unguium

  • Skin abnormality

  • Nails becoming white, cloudy and thickened

  • Skin is moist, soft and breaking down

  • Sores or ulcers of the skin

  • History of fungal infection, including ringworm and athlete's foot

  • Skin problem on the feet, beyond the ankle

  • History of family member with ringworm or athlete's foot

Questions your doctor may ask to check for tinea / tinea unguium

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose tinea / tinea unguium

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have thick white and cloudy nails?

  • Has your skin become soggy and wrinkly (e.g, after a long bath)?

  • Do you have chapped or rough skin?

  • Do you have skin ulcers (sores)?

Treatment for tinea / tinea unguium

Treatment starts with simple measures like keeping the skin dry and well-ventilated. Medications like creams, powders or sprays can help, while severe cases may need antifungal pills to be taken by mouth. For nail infections, antifungal nail paint can be applied for several weeks to remove the fungus.

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