Tinea Pedis Treatment Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Tinea Pedis Treatment Market is segmented by Route of Administration (Oral and Topical), Distribution Channel (Hospital Pharmacies, Retail Pharmacies, and E-commerce), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2019-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 4.56 %
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Market Overview

The tenia pedis market was valued at USD 1,218.64 million in 2021, and it is projected to register a CAGR of 4.56% during the forecast period.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for tinea pedis treatment drugs rose due to increasing concerns about the mortality of patients with COVID-19. Bacterial and fungal comorbidities in COVID-19 lead to higher mortalities compared to COVID-19 patients without these comorbidities. For instance, according to the study published on ‘Bacterial and fungal infections in COVID-19 patients: A matter of concern’ in ‘Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology’ in April 2020, infections caused by bacteria and fungi are common consequences of viral pneumonia, particularly in severely ill patients. They result in a higher demand for intensive care and a higher mortality rate.

The major factor attributing to the growth of the market is the increase in the prevalence of fungal infections. Mycotic diseases are global in distribution, but maximum cases are recorded from tropical and subtropical countries. As the number of patients increases, the market also grows. Furthermore, the increasing R&D programs and funding for the same are boosting the market growth.

For instance, according to the study published on ‘Fungal infections in humans: the silent crisis’ in ‘The journal of unicellular biology and human disease’ in June 2020, over 150 million serious fungal infections occur each year in the world, resulting in approximately 1.7 million fatalities. These figures are alarmingly rising due to several social and medical advances in recent decades that have aided the spread of fungal diseases. In addition to this, the rise in immunocompromised patients is also another factor that is expected to fuel the market growth.

Furthermore, the increased R&D activities for the treatment of tinea pedis have been boosted by the rise in the prevalence rate of infectious disorders caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungus, which is driving the market. Around the world, anti-microbial research is gaining traction, and many companies have already initiated R&D activities, which is further expected to boost the growth of the studied market as fungal infections are also part of anti-microbial research activities. For instance, as per the January 2021 report of the Global Anti Microbial Resistance R&D Hub, as of January 8, 2021, a total of USD 362 million has been invested in 1,047 fungal R&D projects, and the majority of this investment is provided to human-related research projects. As per the report, more funds are invested in fungal R&D projects in the human sector than in the animal sector.

Therefore, a rise in the prevalence of tinea pedis and a rise in research and development on fungal treatment, among others, are the factors expected to drive the market growth. However, the lack of awareness of the treatment and stringent approval regulations constrain the market growth.

Scope of the Report

As per the scope of the report, tinea pedis (athlete's foot) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It commonly arises in people whose feet have become very sweaty while restricted within tightfitting shoes. Tinea pedis is characterized by patchy, dry scaling on the feet, as well as blisters or pustules on the feet and between the toes. The tinea pedis treatment market is segmented by route of administration (oral and topical), distribution channel (hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, and e-commerce), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and South America). The report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends for 17 different countries across the major regions globally. The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Route of Administration
Distribution Channel
Hospital Pharmacies
Retail Pharmacies
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

The Topical Segment is Expected to Hold a Significant Market Share

The major share of the segment is attributed to the advantages of the topical route of administration over other routes and advancements in the topical anti-fungal treatments, among others. These include the low risk of systemic adverse events and drug interactions, low cost, and smaller amounts of drugs used, among other factors.

According to the study published on ‘Recent advances in topical carriers of anti-fungal agents’ in ‘Heliyon’ in August 2020, because of its tailored therapy and fewer adverse effects, topical fungal therapy is frequently preferred over other routes of administration. Because of the distinct structural and functional characteristics, advanced topical carriers solve biopharmaceutical difficulties associated with traditional drug delivery vehicles, such as poor retention and low bioavailability. The rising benefits of the topical route of administration may favor the increased adoption in this segment compared to other routes of administration, thereby propelling this segment's growth.

Furthermore, according to the above source, topical nanocarriers containing anti-fungal drugs have a better therapeutic response with less toxicity. Solid-Lipid nanoparticles, Microemulsions, Liposomes, Niosomes, Microsponge, Nanogel, Nanoemulsion, Micelles, and other nanocarriers are commonly utilized for topical antifungal therapy. The rising advancements in topical anti-fungal formulations may lead to increased adoption to generate better therapeutic responses and to have a high safety profile, which is expected to drive the segment.

In September 2020, Cipla Health launched Clocip Clotrimazole Absorbent Dusting Powder and Clocip Clotrimazole Cream to treat fungal skin infections. This is further expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period due to the entry of new therapies into the market. Additionally, the Journal of Fungi's article titled 'Epidemiology and Diagnostic Perspectives of Dermatophytoses' published in November 2020, estimated that about 10 to 15% of individuals are contaminated with dermatophytes at some point in their life. The same source also reported that dermatophytoses affect about 25% of the world population.

Thus, owing to the abovementioned factors, the market segment is expected to show growth over time.

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North America Holds a Major Share, and It is Expected to do the Same During the Forecast Period

North America holds a major share, and it is expected to do the same during the forecast period. Within North America, the United States holds the largest share in the tinea pedis market, which is majorly due to the presence of international companies that operate in the market studied and the large population suffering from fungal infections in the country, thereby creating a high demand for novel treatment approaches.

Furthermore, there is also an increasing number of launches that have boosted the market growth in North America. For instance, in June 2019, Amneal launched a generic version of Sebela’s Naftin (naftifine) 1% gel. Naftin is approved for the topical treatment of tinea pedis, tinea cruris, and tinea corporis caused by the organisms Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Trichophyton tonsurans, and Epidermophyton floccosum. This may lead to the increased adoption of tinea pedis treatment, which is expected to drive the market growth in this region.

Moreover, as per a January 2021 article ‘Topical management of tinea pedis’, published by the college of family physician of Canada, tinea pedis is successfully treated with topical antifungals in 70% to 75% of patients compared to 20% to 30% using placebo. This is likely to ultimately lead to increased demand for topical antifungal treatment for tinea pedis in the region. In addition, research and development is also being conducted in Canada to treat this disease. According to the National Clinical Trials (NCT) Registry, as of October 2021, in Canada, there were three tinea pedis-related clinical trials completed, which is expected to have a positive impact on the market studied.

Therefore, rising product launches and rise in research and development of novel medications for tinea pedis, among others, are expected to drive the growth of this market in North America.

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Competitive Landscape

The tinea pedis treatment market is moderately competitive and consists of several major players. The rise in research and development and product launches in the market is expected to drive the growth of this market during the forecast period. Some of the companies currently dominating the market are GlaxoSmithKline, Bausch Health, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Bayer AG, Sanofi, Sun Pharma, Teva Pharmaceutical, and Celgene.

Recent Developments

  • In August 2021, Yuyu Pharma and Novartis Korea entered an agreement in which Yuyu will have exclusive distribution rights for the prescription medicine, Lamisil, for the treatment of athlete's foot in Korea.
  • In January 2021, DermBiont, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing targeted topical therapeutics, released its phase 2b clinical trial with its investigational drug product, DBI-001, for the treatment of tinea pedis. This resulted in statistically significant improvements in tinea pedis signs and symptoms.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Huge Number of People with Fungal Infection

      2. 4.2.2 Increasing Research and Development Activities

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Lack of Awareness of Effective Treatment

      2. 4.3.2 Stringent Approval Regulations

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD million)

    1. 5.1 Route of Administration

      1. 5.1.1 Oral

      2. 5.1.2 Topical

    2. 5.2 Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Hospital Pharmacies

      2. 5.2.2 Retail Pharmacies

      3. 5.2.3 E-commerce

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Middle-East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

      5. 5.3.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 GlaxoSmithKline PLC

      2. 6.1.2 Bausch Health Companies Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited

      4. 6.1.4 Bayer AG

      5. 6.1.5 Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

      6. 6.1.6 Sebela Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Teva Pharamceutical Industries Limited

      8. 6.1.8 Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Tinea Pedis Treatment Market market is studied from 2019 - 2027.

The Tinea Pedis Treatment Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.56% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer AG, Bausch Health, Sun Pharma are the major companies operating in Tinea Pedis Treatment Market.

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