Chronic Interdigital Athlete’s Foot (Toe Web Infections)

There are three defined types of athlete’s foot. Chronic Interdigital Athlete’s Foot, also known as Toe Web Infection, is the most common form of athlete’s foot. It is caused by a genus of ringworm, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and the infection can appear quite suddenly. While it can be severe, treatment is usually easy.

The warm and moist environment between the toes is a perfect breeding ground for athlete’s foot fungus. Interdigital athlete’s foot is typically found in between (inter) the 4th and 5th toes (digital). The skin between the toes becomes moist and white. There could also be itching (more intense when shoes and socks are removed), burning and even a slight odor.

Toe web infections that are mild to moderate usually respond very well to nonprescription antifungal creams, lotions and powders. Apply the topical antifungal treatment according to directions, usually for four weeks. During that time, change your socks at least twice a day, keep your feet clean and dry, and don’t walk barefoot. (Additional treatment information.)

If the skin becomes scaly and peels and cracks, it is a sign that the infection is getting worse. A bacterial infection might be present. And a severe infection can cause further skin breakdown. A fever can develop if a bacterial infection is involved and the infection can spread into the foot and leg. At any indication that the infection is getting worse, or there is no improvement with nonprescription antifungals, see a medical professional.

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