Oral treatments for fungal infections of the skin of the foot

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The evidence suggests that terbinafine is more effective than griseofulvin and that terbinafine and itraconazole are more effective than no treatment.

About 15% of the population have fungal infections of the feet (tinea pedis or athlete’s foot). While there are many clinical presentations of tinea pedis, the most common are between the toes and on the soles, heels, and sides of the foot, which is known as moccasin foot. Once acquired the infection can spread to other sites including the nails, which can be a source of reinfection. Oral therapy is usually used for chronic conditions or when topical treatment has failed. This review assesses the effects and costs of oral treatments for fungal infections of the skin of the foot (tinea pedis).

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