How effective are oral treatments for tinea pedis?
Of the included trials, only 5 were published in recent years, with the other 10 trials having been published pre-1996. The quality of reporting of the trials was variable, and, in general, the method of generating the randomisation sequence and concealing allocation was not clearly reported, with the result that the trials were at unclear risk of bias for these domains. A similar omission was the lack of blinding of outcome assessors, especially with respect to the assessment of clinical signs and symptoms, as this outcome is, by its nature, subjective. Only 3 trials assessed the condition beyond 3 months.
About 15% of the worldÕs population suffers from tinea pedis. Oral therapy is usually used for chronic conditions or when topical treatment has failed.