Welcome to White Pebble Dermatology practice in Columbia, Maryland, and Highland, Maryland! An athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. It can be a source of discomfort and embarrassment, but effective treatments are available. In this section, we'll discuss athlete's foot in more detail and explain how our team can help you manage this condition and achieve healthier, more comfortable feet.
What is Athlete's Foot?
An athlete's foot is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet, and the skin in between the toes is commonly involved. It can cause itching, burning, and peeling of the skin, and in some cases, it can lead to the development of blisters or sores. Athletes' foot is highly contagious and can be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces, such as shower floors or gym mats.
How is Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis) Diagnosed?
Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis) is usually diagnosed clinically based on its typical features.
Skin scraping examined under a microscope can sometimes find the dermatophyte, which is the type of fungus that causes Athlete’s Foot.
Rarely, a skin biopsy may be needed to differentiate Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis) from other skin conditions such as foot eczema and psoriasis.
At our dermatology practice, we offer a variety of effective treatment options for athlete's foot, including:
- Topical antifungal medications: creams, ointments, or sprays that are applied directly to the skin to kill the fungus
- Oral antifungal medications: prescription pills that can help to clear up more severe cases of athlete's foot
Our team of dermatology specialists will work closely with you to determine the best treatment approach based on the extent and severity of your athlete's foot.
Preventing an athlete's foot is important, especially if you are prone to recurring infections. Here are some tips to help prevent athlete's foot:
- Keep your feet clean and dry
- Wear clean socks and change them daily
- Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe
- Avoid walking barefoot in public areas
- Use antifungal powder or spray on your feet and in your shoes
Why Choose Us?
At our dermatology practice, we understand the impact that an athlete's foot can have on your feet and your overall well-being. That's why we are committed to providing compassionate, personalized care to each and every one of our patients. Our team of experienced dermatology specialists has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the best possible care and treatment for athlete's foot.
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Ready to Take the First Step?
If you're struggling with athlete's foot and are ready to take the first step toward healthier, more comfortable feet, we invite you to call/text to schedule a visit with one of our dermatology specialists. We look forward to helping you achieve your skincare goals and feel confident in your own skin!