Tinea pedis (athletes foot) is common among elderly patients. Many doctors believe that patients with diabetes mellitus have a higher risk of developing tinea pedis. Elderly diabetic patients should be treated quickly with an antifungal agent if the skin is disrupted from tinea pedis, Tinea pedis can create an opening for bacteria to enter.
Onchomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails that is usually caused by tinea and sometimes candida which causes the nail to thicken. This thickening combined with insensitive nerves can cause ulceration beneath the nail bed. Research indicates that there is a higher incidence of onchomycosis in people with diabetes than those without. Infected nails can elevate off the nail bed which exposes more of the nail bed to infection. Patients with diabetes have a higher incidence of candida infections in the foot. Candida infection can affect all of the nail plate. The nail will be a yellowish brown color. A podiatrist can assist to remove dead or damaged tissue around the nails. They may also cut the nails.
Diabetics with Tinea Pedis (athletes foot) can lead to foot ulcers. Diabetics with severe tinea pedis may require both oral antifungals and topical antibacterials. Fungal infections on the feet can become more serious for diabetic patients. It can lead to hospitalization.
Although tinea pedis (athletes foot) involves the feet, the hands may become infected. Fungal infections are more common in the toenails.
Topical applications are usually lower in price than oral agents. Although an oral agent may be more important for diabetics and immunosuppressed patients. Bacterial foot infections in people with diabetes are a major cause for foot amputations.