Interdigital maceration is a condition that occurs when the skin between the toes is exposed to prolonged moisture or friction, leading to the softening, white appearance and breakdown of the skin. This can create an environment where bacteria and fungi can thrive, which can lead to infection and further complications.
Interdigital maceration is commonly seen in individuals who wear tight-fitting shoes or who engage in activities that cause their feet to sweat excessively or work in damp emvironments. Symptoms may include redness, itching, and a foul odor. Treatment may involve keeping the area clean and dry, wearing shoes that fit properly and allow air circulation, and using topical antifungal or antibacterial creams as prescribed by a healthcare provider. In severe cases, oral medications may be necessary.