other skin conditions

‘These are often complex problems,  but the most important take-away message is that effective treatments are available, and you should always seek help from a healthcare professional’, Dr Aslam.

Athlete's foot

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection which can appear as itchy white patches between the toes; red flaky patches of sore skin, and painful cracked and bleeding.

It is very easy to pick up in sports centres and swimming pools, particularly if your feet are sweaty or there is already skin damage. It usually requires treatment1.


Ringworm, despite its name, is also a fungal infection which appears as a ring-shaped rash which — depending on your skin tone — can look red, silver or darker than the surrounding area. Sometimes it can grow and spread so the ‘rings’ merge into a larger rash. Pharmacists can advise on a suitable anti-fungal treatment2.

Lichen planus

Lichen planus is a rash which can appear on different parts of the body, including the wrists, inside the mouth, and the genitals.

It does gets better without treatment, but as this can take up to 18 months and the rash can be very itchy, it’s wise to seek advice from your GP or another healthcare professional3.


1 www.nhs.uk/conditions/athletes-foot/ [last accessed 18 Aug 2021]

2 www.nhs.uk/conditions/ringworm/[last accessed 18 Aug 2021]

3 www.nhs.uk/conditions/lichen-planus/ [last accessed 18 Aug 2021]