Tinea Pedis Treatment & Management

Updated: Sep 11, 2020
  • Author: Courtney M Robbins, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medical Care

Medical therapy is the mainstay of tinea pedis treatment (see Medication). [13, 14]


Surgical Care

Surgical care is usually not required for tinea pedis.



Tinea pedis can occur through contact with infected scales on bath or pool floors, so wearing protective footwear in communal areas may help decrease the likelihood of infection.

Because infected scales can be present on clothing, frequent laundering is a good idea.

Occlusive footwear promotes infection by creating warm, humid, macerating environments where dermatophytes thrive. Therefore, patients should try to minimize foot moisture by limiting the use of occlusive footwear and should discard shoes that may be contributing to recurrence of the infection.


Long-Term Monitoring

The need for follow-up care in tinea pedis should be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Further outpatient visits may be indicated, depending on the extent and severity of the tinea pedis. Treatment regimens may need to be switched or augmented.