Fungal Infection Treatment at Woseth Dermatology
Woseth Dermatology provides patients with comprehensive dermatology services at two convenient locations in Salt Lake City and South Jordan, UT. We treat patients for everything from skin cancer and psoriasis to fungal infections on the skin, such as athlete’s foot. If you’re new to our practice, we invite you to browse our patient information center to find helpful forms to prepare you for your visit. Contact one of our two offices to schedule an appointment.
What is Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot, also known by its medical name tinea pedis, is a very contagious fungal disease that affects the feet and toenails. Tinea is a fungus that thrives in warm, moist environments making areas such as showers, locker room floors, and places around swimming pools prime settings for growth. Sweaty feet in tight-fitting shoes are an attractive environment for the fungus to grow. It is the same fungus that causes ringworm and jock itch.
Athlete’s Foot Symptoms
What does an athlete’s foot look like? The symptoms are very noticeable and easy to identify. The fungus typically starts between the toes and can spread to the soles of the feet. Bad cases can also infect the toenails. Common symptoms of athlete’s foot include:
- Itchy feet usually between the toes
- Stinging or burning sensations with the itch
- Peeling, scaling skin
- Redness of the skin
- Cracked and raw skin on the soles
- Toenail discoloration and brittleness
What Causes Athlete’s Foot
You don’t have to be an athlete to catch an athlete’s foot. It can affect anyone whose feet become damp and sweaty, which is a condition typically associated with athletes. However, direct exposure to the disease and certain behaviors increase the chances of contracting it. Risk factors include:
- Walking barefoot in public showers, pools, and locker rooms
- Sharing towels or socks with someone who has the fungus
- Wearing tight-fitting shoes
- Sweaty socks and feet
How To Get Rid of Athlete’s Foot
While an athlete’s foot may be incredibly discomforting, the good news is there are products to provide relief and treat the fungus. Many products are available over-the-counter at local pharmacies. However, if your case does not respond to these or the athlete’s foot continues to get worse, our team of dermatologists can prescribe effective topical or oral medications. Ways to help prevent athlete foot infection include:
- Washing your feet every day with soap and water, paying particular attention in between toes
- Always wear fresh, clean socks
- Air out your feet at home
- Change socks frequently if your feet become sweaty
- Don’t share socks, shoes, or towels
- Do not walk around barefoot in public showers, pools, or gym locker rooms
Contact Us To Learn More About Athlete’s Foot Treatment
Itching, scratching, and burning caused by an athlete’s foot can be a distracting and uncomfortable experience. At Woseth Dermatology, we educate patients in Salt Lake City and South Jordan, UT, about treating fungal infection skin rashes to relieve symptoms and kill the fungus. If over-the-counter options don’t work for you, our team prescribes the best athlete’s foot treatment available for incredible results. Contact our team to schedule a consultation today.
I have a fair complexion and susceptible to skin issues. Enjoy going to their office the doctors and assistants have been very kind. Would recommend this office.
I had a great experience removing my skin cancer on the front of my shoulder a week ago. They were kind, detailed, and took the time to explain the whole process. I am glad I have chosen them to assist with my dermatology needs.
Very professional and skilled! Finally able to resolve some issues I’ve had in the past that other dermatologists ignored.
Dr. Woseth has long played a critical role in my health, for which I will be forever in his debt. He is one of the nicest and most competent doctors I have ever met.
Very professional. They examined me and explained everything. I will go there for years.
I love this clinic. Every time I go I have a wonderful experience!
Service has always been prompt and professional. The level of care and followup is exceptional.
It was very professional and safe. All the protocols were followed and as usual, the care is exceptional.
Dr. Woseth is thorough, compassionate & patient! Every question answered & great follow up!
My recent appointment went great. All the staff are welcoming. I did not have to wait long. Alisa is always kind and gentle, makes me feel comfortable. I refer all my friends.
Everyone at the office is very caring. I've been a patient here for about 3-4 years and they've taken care of me so well. The treatment they provide has been life changing!
First time doing a skin check and having something removed. They were very nice and fast. It was completely painless and relaxing. Pretty sure I found my new dermatologist.