What is athlete’s foot (tinea pedis)?
There are a number of foot infections that can occur and these are known as interdigital, moccasin or less commonly vesicular. Due to the high recurrence rates (and genetic susceptibility) foot infections also known as tinea pedis can be very stubborn! It is impossible to know for sure what type of infection of the foot you have.
Fungal infections are contagious and can be spread by wearing another person’s shoes with infection or caught from swimming pools / shared areas.
For this reason further investigations may be undertaken where indicated in the event of antibiotics to ensure that you are administered with the appropriate antibiotic therapy should over the counter treatments have failed initially.
Note: Topical corticosteroid creams can exacerbate fungal skin infections.