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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.

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