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Review: oral antifungal drugs promote cure of fungal infections of the foot

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QUESTION: In patients with fungal infections of the skin of the foot (tinea pedis), does oral treatment eradicate the infection?

Data sources

Studies were identified by searching Medline (1966–2000), CINAHL (to 2000), SCI and SSCI (1969–2000), EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1980–2000), the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, CAB-Health (1973–97), HealthSTAR (1975–97); handsearching podiatry journals; reviewing bibliographies of reviews; and by contacting pharmaceutical companies and podiatry schools.

Study selection

Studies were selected if they were randomised controlled trials evaluating oral treatment in patients with clinically diagnosed and microscopy and laboratory confirmed tinea pedis.

Data extraction

2 reviewers independently extracted data on study design, condition, intervention, patient characteristics, study quality, and outcomes. The main outcome measure was mycological cure (negative results on microscopy and no dermatophyte growth …

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  • Source of funding: not stated.

  • For correspondence: Ms S Bell-Syer, University of York, York, UK. sembs1{at}

  • A modified version of this abstract appears in ACP Journal Club.