Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fungal Foot Infection Evaluation

The evaluation of tinea pedis begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with tinea pedis may include:

  • Rash on the foot:
    • Red or pink
    • Scaly surface
    • Blisters
    • Peeling skin
  • Splitting of the skin between the toes
  • Skin swelling around the rash

The diagnosis of tinea pedis can usually be made without testing.

Tests that may be used to evaluate tinea pedis include:
  • Examination of the skin under an ultraviolet light
  • Skin scraping:
    • For examination under the microscope
  • Skin biopsy

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Fungal Foot Infection References
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