Fungal infections of the feet are often found on the skin as athlete’s foot and within the nails as fungal nails or onychomycosis. In this video, Dr. Katz discusses the various types of fungal infections and treatments. If you have a problem with fungal infections, call the podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry for immediate treatment to keep the infection from worsening. We can be reached at 813-875-0555 or through our website contact section.
Hi, this is Dr. Marc Katz of Advanced Podiatry and I’m going to answer the question, what is a fungal infection? That’s a really common question that we get in the office and online. Let’s discuss that. When we compare fungal infections to other types of infections, there is bacterial and viral infections, they are unrelated. Fungal infection in our case with the foot and ankle, primarily affect the skin of the toes and the bottom of the foot causing athlete’s foot. You can notice some redness, some irritation, some scaly skin. Most people will try some over-the-counter medications and that’s fine if it works. If it doesn’t work, then you certainly need to come in and see a podiatrist.
We treat a lots of fungal infections. What happens is when these infections tend to get in between the toes or around the skin, you can end up actually getting some into the nail and when you get fungal infections of the nail, this is called onychomycosis. These fungal infections are more resistant and more difficult to treat but the good news is that we use laser which is the most advanced treatment for fungal infections, and this is a great way to get rid of the fungus and to clear your nails. We do have that available to you.
As far as regular fungal infections, these infections do not invade the body. They are strictly skin and nail infections. They occur in warm, moist, dark places such as your shoe, so you really want to take certain measures to avoid a lot of sweating in the shoe and cleaning out your shoes, but the most important thing is that you want to avoid a secondary infection and the secondary infection would be a bacterial infection. Those who have diabetes or circulation problems are prone to secondary bacterial infections and if that happens, it becomes more serious.
If you do have fungal infections, these are alive and they are growing on your foot, I would see a podiatrist if the over-the-counter remedies don’t work and especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation, you should see a podiatrist and have this treated. When you come in, we will give you very many different options for treatment but the main thing is that we get it under control and you avoid any problems in the future. If you suffer from any type of fungal infection, whether it is on the skin or the toenails, then I want you to call us at 813-875- 0555. That’s in the Tampa Bay area or you can reach us on the web www.thetampapodiatrist.com. If you want more information on fungal toenail treatments with laser, you can go to vibranttampatoenails.com. Thank you for listening today and if you have any questions, check out our website and be sure to call us. Thank you so much.