Fungus on the feet between the toes

Fungal pathology is a common disease among all age groups of the population. It is necessary to treat fungus on the legs between the toes due to the high risk of infecting others, including family members, with the infection. Yeast Infection is easily treated if its symptoms are recognized early on. In chronic cases, it can take several months to a year to get rid of the disease.

Fungus between the toes, accompanied by itching and peeling of the skin


Fungal spores can be found on clothing, shoes and household items for several years.

The appearance of a fungus on the legs is a sign of failure of the body's protective functions. Avitaminosis, exacerbation of chronic infections, seasonal viral diseases - all this can lead to a decline in immunity, and then to a fungal disease. A healthy body will not allow pathogenic microbes to multiply. Risk factors:

  1. the presence of one of the diseases:
    • pathology of the gastrointestinal tract;
    • tuberculosis;
    • ENT infections;
    • diabetes;
    • HIV.
  2. changes in metabolism;
  3. hormonal surges:
    • adolescent puberty;
    • pregnancy;
    • menopause;
    • menopause.
  4. wearing shoes that do not fit;
  5. the presence of calluses, abrasions on the foot;
  6. wear someone else's shoes;
  7. use of poorly disinfected pedicure tools;
  8. walk barefoot in saunas, baths, pool complexes;
  9. excessive sweating;
  10. bad habits:
    • alcoholism;
    • to smoke.
  11. the use of products with mold;
  12. hereditary predisposition to fungal infections (violation of the acid-base balance in the skin).

Signs of the disease

Signs of fungus between toes:

  • itching between the toes;
  • flaking and peeling of the skin between the toes;
  • blisters appear on the skin between the fingers, which burst and form an oozing erosion;
  • on the feet the skin thickens, cracks (often it happens under the little finger);
  • the big toe nail looks dull, changes color and structure;
  • the occurrence of a rash, redness of the skin of the feet;
  • bad foot odor.

Diagnostic methods

Just finding the disease is not enough. We need a detailed diagnosis that will help identify a specific strain of the fungus and its sensitivity to antifungal drugs. For this, the dermatologist, after the examination, directs the patient to scrape from the affected areas of the feet. As a result of these studies, it is possible to prescribe an effective treatment in a particular case.

You can recognize the mushroom at home. Potassium permanganate will help. If you soak your feet in a weak solution of potassium permanganate, healthy skin will turn pink, while diseased areas will remain white.

Interdigital fungus therapy with local remedies to eliminate the symptoms

What to treat?

To cure the interdigital fungus on the legs, you need to be patient: in some cases, the therapy takes from a month to a year. Treatment of mycosis includes the use of fungicidal agents of local (to relieve symptoms) and systemic action, antibacterial and wound healing drugs, and vitamin complexes. It is important to treat the disease with a full course of medication. After the symptoms disappear, it is important to continue using the medicines for another 10 days.


Medicines of synthetic origin against foot fungus can be divided into local and systemic. The premises are intended to relieve symptoms and treat an incipient fungal infection. While the systemic use of antifungal agents has a complex effect on the body. Such drugs are very toxic, therefore their use is contraindicated in children, pregnant women, during lactation.

Form of release of topical preparations:

  • ointment;
  • cream;
  • spray;
  • Nial Polish.

Local remedies are good for mushrooms:

  • Castellani liquid;
  • chlornitrophenol;
  • cationic antiseptic;
  • ammonia;
  • Potassium permanganate;
  • iodine;
  • aluminum acetate solution;
  • solution of iodine in an aqueous solution of potassium iodide.

Active substances that systemically affect the fungus are available in the form of tablets and solutions for intravenous administration.

Treatment with folk remedies

You can cure the fungus between the toes with the help of traditional medicine recipes. However, the use of such methods should be agreed with the attending physician. It is also important to ensure that there are no allergic reactions of the body to natural medicinal components. To check this, apply a small amount to the inner bend of the elbow and wait a few hours. If there is no redness or rash at the site, a folk remedy for fungus between the toes is suitable for use.

Vinegar lotions are used to treat a fungal infection between the toes.

Mushroom vinegar

Ordinary table vinegar (wine or apple cider vinegar is best) has an acidic environment that is bad for a fungal infection. You can quickly cure the fungus on the big toe by applying a vinegar compress daily. It is recommended to wrap the legs with polyethylene and leave for 5 minutes. After that, the feet are washed well with running water and an antifungal drug is applied.

Another recipe with vinegar:

  1. Pour a vial of glycerin into a pint jar.
  2. Fill the jar with 70% vinegar up to the neck and mix well.
  3. Dip a swab in the solution and apply between fingers every day.

Sea salt for foot fungus

The most effective treatment with folk remedies is possible with the use of sea salt. If you can't get sea salt, you can also use regular table salt. To make a foot bath solution, add 5 tablespoons of salt to hot water. Make foot baths several times a day until a steady recovery from the fungus on the toe.

How does soda help?

Violation of the acid-base balance leads to the fact that a fungus appears between the fingers. Soda restores skin balance and actively fights against foot fungus. Recipes with soda:

  • Foot baths with soda can be prepared by adding 2 tablespoons to 2 liters of water with a temperature of 40 degrees. L. drink.
  • Soda-based mushroom paste is prepared from 2 tablespoons of the component, a spoonful of water and a few drops of lemon juice. Mix all ingredients. A chemical reaction will follow with the release of gas bubbles. After they disappear, you can smear the paste on the damaged areas of the skin.

Use of the bow

Preparing a cure for a fungal infection from ordinary onions is very simple. You can chop the onion head into gruel and apply this remedy to the affected areas. You can add garlic flour (1: 1). It is also helpful to squeeze onion juice and use a cotton ball to apply the juice to your flaky feet. Apply daily.

During the treatment of the fungus it is necessary to treat the shoes with a special solution.

Hygiene and care of feet and shoes

For the period when the fungus on the toes is being treated, it is important for the patient to allocate individual underwear, socks, hygiene items - pumice stone, scissors. All footwear must be thoroughly washed and dried. If possible, the shoes should be treated with a 1% water-methanol formaldehyde solution - the fungi die within 15 minutes.It is necessary to perform foot hygiene procedures at least 2 times a day, keep shoes dry and clean, and avoid blisters and abrasions on the legs. It is best to wash your clothes at the highest temperatures allowed.


If the fungal sore does not go away after the use of local and systemic medicines and folk remedies do not have the desired effect, an operation against the fungus on the legs is possible. The procedure is performed in a medical facility under local anesthesia using a local anesthetic. The damaged skin is cut with a scalpel, the place is treated with antiseptics. This method guarantees complete recovery.

How to treat a child?

Fungus in a child is less common than in an adult. However, due to non-compliance with hygiene rules, infection of children with a fungus is possible. The fungus occurs in children mainly on the thumb and little finger due to their frequent lesions. Treatment involves the use of local preparations - ointments and creams.

It is important for a pregnant woman to treat fungal diseases so as not to infect the baby

Features in pregnant women

A fungus between the toes during pregnancy is a common occurrence due to a decrease in immunity in a woman in position. The disease is not dangerous for the fetus in the womb, but it is possible and necessary to treat the disease during pregnancy so as not to infect the already born child later. The choice of drug for pregnant women should be in favor of the most non-toxic and easy-to-use drug with a short course of treatment. Perhaps the folk treatment of a fungal disease. Systemic therapy is contraindicated.

Methods of prevention

In order for the fungal disease not to enter the body, it is necessary to increase the protective functions of the body in every possible way: to temper, eat right, give up bad habits. It is important to observe the rules of personal hygiene: wash your hands after visiting public places, wear changing shoes in pools and bathrooms, wash your feet daily. You can't wear someone else's shoes and let other people wear theirs. When buying shoes and clothes, choose items made from natural fabrics.