Robin Fleck, M.D.  928-778-7000  Board Certified Dermatologist

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Athlete’s Foot Fungus and Nail Fungus

Tinea pedis is the medical name for athlete's foot fungus.  This organism prefers warm, moist skin; this is why the infection commonly occurs in the folds between the toes and is often worse in warm weather.  Not all skin rashes on the foot are due to fungus.  Eczema can appear very similar to a fungal infection.  Over the counter creams like Tinactin are effective for simple cases of infection by fungus, but if the infection is widespread or involves the hair follicles, oral medication will be required for several months.  Infection of the fingernails or toenails can now be treated effectively with the Noveon nail fungus laser, avoiding the long term administration of liver toxic drugs.  Copper ion socks are effective at helping to keep foot fungus away.

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