If you have tinea there are a number of things you can do to help manage the condition. Here’s some self-help information:
- tinea is treated with antifungal creams. You can purchase these creams from any pharmacy and some supermarkets. Follow the application instructions on the package carefully and speak to your pharmacist if you have questions
- tinea is contagious so it’s important not to share towels, flannels, bathmats, treatment creams and shoes
- after washing, dry the skin thoroughly, especially between the toes, in the groin and under the breasts
- try to expose the skin to as much fresh air as possible
- wear clothing made from natural fibres instead of synthetics to prevent sweating and developing warm moist skin areas
- use antiperspirants to help control excessive sweating
- make sure your feet are completely dry before putting on socks, stockings or tights
- wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after washing the infected area to make sure you don’t spread your infection to other parts of your body or onto other people
- try not to scratch your rash as you may spread the infection to other parts of your body
- wear socks and shoes made from natural materials (such as cotton) whenever possible
- change your socks, tights or stockings and bra every day
- wear shoes or footwear which keeps your feet cool and dry.
Not sure what to do next?
If you are still concerned about your tinea, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.
The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).
Last reviewed: July 2015