Medical Dermatology

Medical Dermatology

Nail Fungus

Athlete's Foot

Tinea Pedis, better known as athlete’s foot is a fungal infection where one or both feet may be involved.  Itching is the most common complaint along with redness of the skin and white scaling in the creases between the toes or bottom of the foot.  Places such as lockerrooms are common areas where the fungus might live, since moist, warm areas are prefect breeding grounds for funguses

Treatment includes: Topical antifungal agents


Ringworm

Ringworm or Tinea Corporis usually affects the trunk, legs and arms.  While you are likely to get  ringworm from a pet, you are more likely to get it from another person. Ringworm causes a scaly, crusty rash that may appear as round, red patches on the skin.   

Treatment includes: Oral or topical antifungal agents


Tinea versicolor (Pityriasis versicolor)

Appears as a blotchy pigmentation of the upper trunk, axillae, groins, thighs, genitalia and uncommonly on the face.  Usually occuring in young adults.  You may have mild itching, but most often you experience no symptoms.  Tinea Versicolor can last months to years, usually recurring every spring.

Treatment includes: oral or topical antifungal agents


Fungal Nail Infections

Crumbly, discolored and flakey toenails (and/or fingernails) may be signs of fungal nail infection.  Proper diagnosis and treatment will rely on microscopic examination of the flakey material collected in the office.  Sometimes the fungus is cultured or grown in the lab to allow its identification. 

Treatment includes:  Oral or topical antifungal medications