What to do if you have an interdigital fungus on your legs

This form of the disease can manifest itself in two ways:

  1. athlete's foot or fungus between the toes;
  2. onychomycosis or fungus on the toenails.

Although the two forms above are somewhat different in the nature of the manifestation, but in one they are similar - vitality, ease of spreading infection and discomfort. There is good news - the disease is curable, however, it will require some effort and patience from the patient. But first things first…

Causes of

toe-fungus The appearance of the fungus of the skin of the toes is due to the vital activity of the anthropophilic fungus. For his "settlement" pathogen chooses folds under the fingers or between them. The side parts of the foot may also be affected, and in especially complicated cases, the entire foot as a whole.

The list of the most common causes of foot and nail fungus are:

  1. Reduced immunity. In this case, the possibility of a secondary infection is not excluded.
  2. Vascular diseases of the legs, which reduce the blood supply to the feet.
  3. The occurrence of abrasions and cracks between the toes.
  4. Diabetes.
  5. Long stay of the foot in a humid environment. This also includes excessive sweating of the feet or, conversely, excessive dryness.
  6. Poor quality, tight shoes can also cause fungus on the big toe. As you know, the greatest harm from uncomfortable shoes or boots is done exactly the thumb.

Non-compliance with hygiene, diaper rash, and even flat feet increases the vulnerability to the disease. At risk are people who have excess weight (they have a higher probability of circulatory pathologies), by occupation due to long stays on their feet (athletes, workers, military, etc.) and residents of big cities.

You can pick up such “joy” as a big toe nail fungus in public places (swimming pool, sauna, changing room), by contact with a sick person or while using someone else’s towels, manicure accessories.

Symptoms and manifestations

feet-w As mentioned above, the manifestations of infection affecting the foot and nails are somewhat different, although in 30% of cases they accompany each other. It is important that in the clinical picture of the fungus between the toes, the symptoms depend on the stage of the disease.

So, the form of the disease:

  1. Worn or mild stage. There are small cracks between the fingers and slight peeling on the feet. The areas most often affected are between the third and fourth finger and the fourth finger and little finger.
  2. Squamous hyperkeratotic stage. The skin of the foot acquires a red tint, the upper layer of the skin begins to flake off. Along with this {the fungus on the big toes} causes the appearance of yellowish "corns". The patient also begins to feel burning and itching of the affected areas.
  3. Intertriginous - accompanied by edema in the interdigital areas and deeper cracks, turning into erosion.
  4. Dyshidrotic - the formation of bubbles and the appearance of more intense itching.

A photo:

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By the way, between the fingers, the fungus appears about the same way as the photo:

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More on the symptoms and photos of the fungus on the hands

Special attention in the symptoms of fungal infections deserves athlete's nails. It has long been noticed that the toe fungus, a photo of which displays the distinctive symptoms of the disease, has the ability to go into onychomycosis. In this case, the discomfort will be accompanied by deformation of the nail plate. So, it can become denser or, on the contrary, thin. Will also change the appearance of the nail. He will first become cloudy, and then he may acquire a yellow, or brown, or green, and even black color. The nail plate will begin to crumble, covered with growths.

If you start the treatment of the fungus between the toes, you can completely lose the nail, as it simply disappears.

As you know, the nail consists of keratin. And that, in turn, is an ideal source of nutrition for the harmful organism and contributes to the rapid reproduction of the fungus. It also gives rise to allergic manifestations - protective reactions from the immune system.

Treatment methods

How and what to cure toe fungus ? It is quite important to start treatment as soon as possible. This will not only simplify the procedure itself, but also prevent the occurrence of a relapse. Please note: the infection does not go away by itself, and improvised means are more often completely ineffective. In the end, with a fungus on the toes, treatment is prescribed only by a dermatologist.

So, medical measures to combat the disease usually include local anti-mycotic drugs - special lotions, creams and ointments, for example:

If a nail is affected, it is better to treat it with specialized solutions or varnishes:

Sometimes additional pills are prescribed, but this is at the discretion of the doctor.

More about medications

Before treating a fungus of the toes with medical preparations, it is necessary to carry out preparatory procedures, for example, peel off scales. The important point is also the correct care of an infected foot or nail. Yes, and hygiene measures have not been canceled!


  • Irina :

    I can not cure already half a year ..

  • Alena Pak :

    Irina, Trimazole helped me well. I recommend you

  • Dasha :

    picked up this infection after tanning ... advise precautions to avoid such repetitions

  • Vladimir :

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  • Misha :

    And I do not understand what. But, definitely not a fungus, although close to athlete's disease. But not she, because there is no transition to the foot and nails. And most importantly, there is no peeling. Redness on all fingers, itching, heat in this place. Interestingly, it was cured with troksevazinom. Occurred periodically. Recently (year, two) no. Just wondering what it was? On the Internet, I did not find anything like this.
    But there is still some crap on the leg (between the knee and the foot), with 15 years of age. It is periodically activated, scratched and flaked. Then he pauses. The only thing I found close was the numerical eczema. But again, not exactly (although it looked like a pair of pictures on me): an oval, but there is no clearly delineated border, wetting, point abscesses (or whatever they are called there). There has never been any breeding on other parts of the body, which is also unlike the fungus mentality. So finally decided to do this garbage. Just advise? Triderm seems to be universal, but expensive. Polshtuki is not a pity to spend on deliverance, but will it help? Thank you in advance.

    • Admin :


      Judging by the symptoms, there can be one of the varieties of dermatitis or eczema or much more. Without examination it is impossible to determine, and sometimes without histology.

      What do the doctor's say?

  • Love :

    Tell me between my fingers some pimples and there are more of them, but there is no itching. How many do not look where I can not find what it is, I do not know what to do.

  • albina :

    between my fingers there were some kind of pimples of a cold like herpes, itching, burning, and itching what to do? And there are more and more of them ...

    • Doc :

      Hello. It is possible that this is herpes, try acyclovir. If within a few hours there is no effect - to the doctor.

  • Andrei :

    and my toe is peeling off and itching, while the nail can fall out, guys, what better way to treat?

    • Doc :

      In any pharmacy there are a lot of funds, for example: Ketoconazole, Clotrimazole, Lamisil, Mycozoral. Maybe formistint something else advise.

      And for what reason can the nail fall out?

  • Artemy :

    Already for 8 months I can’t get rid helps only reduce the symptoms, changing socks 3 times a day, and a will that doesn’t allow me to comb my legs, tell me what to do, I am a student and I’ve been standing all day (for 12 hours) + everything I live in the city ( in the dorm) in short a complete set for the formation of fungus.

    • Doc :

      Need shoes that "breathe."

      In winter, if you spend a lot of time indoors, you need interchangeable shoes.

      What drugs have tried? Just because the fungus does not pass.

  • Irina :

    Hello, my son is now serving in the army, and recently cracks appeared on his legs between his fingers, I am afraid that the fungus would not develop further. What ointment should he buy? I get lost in a lot of names ...

    • Doc :


      The article lists popular drugs that cover the entire spectrum of fungi. One will be better in one case, the other in another, which one can be determined only by making an analysis.

      Choose terbinafine - a wide range of actions, a course of treatment for 2 weeks.

      If suddenly it does not help, which is very unlikely, then ketoconazole, 3-4 weeks.

  • Irina :

    Thank you very much, follow your advice ...

  • Vyacheslav :

    Hello, tell me in Figure 3 (the fungus between the toes) I have the same situation, what is the best way to display it?

    • Doc :


      At the end of the article is a list of the most popular drugs, choose any.

      The list can be printed by pressing the button.

  • Arthur :

    Hello, but the yellow calluses after the fungus are removed with the help of drugs, or do we still have to clean them somehow? thank

  • Lesha :

    I have been fighting for 3 weeks with the fungus between the toes. Clotrimazole - 1,5 - 2 weeks - the effect is zero, it became worse. Then Lamisil (520 re) - I smear for a week, 2 times a day, after having washed and dried the feet, and as a result, also the effect is zero. Maybe there are folk remedies? Help me people !!

  • EFIK :

    Hello. I have long been between the fingers of the fungus can not get rid of itching. when sweating the legs, it becomes more white in the summer; cracked legs. When the legs are dried, you can remove the upper skin.

    • Doc :


      Recommendations are standard, the article has a large list of drugs, they are widely available in pharmacies, prices start at 50 rubles.

      In your situation, you should additionally drink the pills, but they are released on the prescription of a doctor, so go to the nearest dermatologist.

  • Inna :

    Good day!!!! The child has a big toe covered in a red pimple, peel off and scratch. Were a doctor. The analysis showed a yeast fungus. Candide (powder) and Zalain (cream) were prescribed. In the morning, powder, in the evening cream. So now 3 weeks. There is no result of complete recovery. That is a little better, then worse again. Only a big thumb. What else can I do to rid my button of this disease?!?

    • Doc :


      Treatment can last a month and a half. It is very important not to skip the procedure, apply funds every day.

      Show the child to the doctor again.

  • Mary :

    Two simple remedies work well for cracks between the toes: salicylic acid and ichthyol. Wash your feet, dry them, especially the places where there are cracks, treat with salicylic acid solution, let it dry, then apply a thin layer of ichthyol ointment. In case of severe itching, repeat the procedure several times a day, then you can limit it in the morning and evening. It passes quickly. There is one more, the most inaccessible, but also the surest way to ensure that this crap will never return to you - stop eating foods and dishes containing sugar and meat!

  • Inna :

    My husband's nails are just awful for many years. Thick with growths, deformed, senile. Already a year as treats Exoderil, without rezultat. He is 40 years old, you can not drive to the doctor. Please advise more effective treatment.

    • Doc :


      In such a neglected situation, you must first remove part of the nail, for this there are special preparations - Nogtivit, Nogtimitsin. Use according to the instructions. After this, the droplets will begin to penetrate better into the nail plate.

      You can also add pills. Or itraconazole 3 courses for 1 week - 200 mg per day. Breaks between courses for 3 weeks.

      Either fluconazole, it is taken 150 mg, 1 time per week, for several months, until significant improvements occur.

      • Victor :

        Doctor, please answer why modern dermatologists do not say that it is necessary to disinfect shoes, otherwise, no matter how much the fungus is treated, it will inevitably return from the shoes. 30 years ago he picked up a fungus, on the recommendation of doctors of those times, he cured an ointment over the week and treated the shoes with a solution of chloramine. the technology is the following for half a liter of water two spoons of chloramine, take a piece of paper to crumple up, wet, slightly squeeze and put inside the shoe. Then put the shoes in a plastic bag, tie and leave for the night that's all the treatment. 5 years ago I picked up the fungus again, I still smear it with ointments, and he is damned back again. went around all the pharmacies, but there is no chloramine. Where did he go?

  • Svetlana :

    Good day! My grandmother has skin between her toes, her skin feels like it’s getting wet skin and peeling off afterwards. Were a dermatologist, we were told it was not a fungus, they prescribed some ointment that helped us nothing. Looking at the pictures it seems that the fungus. Generally on the foot plate drip exoderil. Can you advise something? Maybe some drugs to drink? Thank you in advance

    • Doc :


      Go again to the doctor, maybe the doctor made a mistake with the diagnosis, or maybe just the drug does not suit you.

  • Arthur :

    Between my little finger and the next finger, I don’t understand what, not only the smell is not uneasy, some white growth can be wiped off with a rag skin necrosis but not dry. we have no such ones and I don’t know what to do, maybe you know.

    • Doc :


      Yes, according to the description it looks like a fungus. Clotrimazolum need to be smeared for 2 weeks, 2 times a day, not skipping. Plus, disinfect shoes, change socks every day, monitor hygiene.

  • Katya :

    Zdraste !!!! I have a problem on my feet. Already 2 years old. So I have such a big finger between the nails inside that something grows like a piece of meat. How can I get rid of it

    • Doc :


      According to the description, no one can say exactly what it is, go to the doctor.

  • Victor :

    Hello. Between the little finger and the nameless toes white formations. Lay down. Tell me something?

  • Nastya :

    Hello. Tell me, please, I have localized redness on the right hand toe, between the fingers on my left hand, and a similar pattern on my legs. There is no peeling, only itching and hyperemia. Record a doctor 2 weeks in advance. What is it about?

    • Doc :


      This may be chubby or ringworm, there may be dermatitis or some kind of autoimmune reaction, many options. Unfortunately in dermatology, little can be said without inspection.

      If progresses, use Triderm or another combination drug, but still register with a doctor.

  • olga :

    Hello My husband has very cracked skin between his toes. Rough. There is no complaint about itching or something else. But a very unpleasant smell. Half an hour in the shoes and the smell is just awful. Works in a factory and spends the entire shift in work boots. Advise what can be done, what to treat? To the doctor to drive it will not work.

  • Natalia :

    I had a crack and a flaking between 4 and 5 fingers, which were accompanied by itching, burning, and even pain. And also the heels itch. She was treated first with Lamifen gel, then with Mikofin spray for more than a month. The crack between the fingers, itching on the heels - everything gradually began to pass. Just finished using drugs, itching reappeared. I'm afraid a crack between my fingers will appear again. Socks ironed with a hot iron, and footwear was treated with forgidron. I know that using the same antifungal drugs is ineffective. Please advise what effective drugs can be treated mycosis? And what disinfectants are most effective when handling shoes?

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