Fungus

When it comes to fungus of the skin, it’s all over the map. From your scalp to your toes and many stops in between, fungal infections are often itchy and sometimes painful.

Your skin may flake, blister, and crack. You may get a secondary infection, from an open blister or from scratching until your skin is raw.

The first step in treating fungal injections is accurate diagnosis. Your Midwest Dermatology physician will review your history, examine your skin and may order tests that include a skin culture. Treatment for fungal infections ranges from topical creams and solutions to potent oral medications.

Types of Fungal Injections

Athlete’s Foot

Also known as tinea pedis, this fungal infection of the skin causes scaling, flaking, and itching of the feet. It is typically transmitted in moist areas where people walk barefoot, such as showers, gyms or pools.

Nail Fungus

Onychomycosis, or fungus of the nails, is an unsightly disease that causes the nail plate to have a thickened, yellow, or cloudy appearance. Nails can become rough and crumbly and may even separate from the nail bed. There is usually no pain or other symptoms unless the disease is severe.

Tinea Versicolor

If you are noticing white, untanned spots on your skin during sunny summer months, you may be seeing the first signs of tinea versicolor, a common skin condition caused by an overgrowth of yeast on the skin’s surface. Symptoms include uneven skin color, scaling, and sometimes itching, and most commonly affects the back, underarm, upper arm, chest, lower legs, and neck. Because the fungus prevents the skin from tanning normally, causing those unexplained white spots on your skin.

Tinea Corporis

Tinea Corporis, also called Ringworm – but no, it’s not a worm. It is a skin infection caused by a fungus. Ringworm is a common skin disorder, especially among children, but it may affect people of all ages. Many bacteria and fungi live on your body. Some of these are good for you and your skin. Others can multiply rapidly and form infections. Tinea Corporis occurs when a particular type of fungus grows and multiplies anywhere on your skin, scalp, or nails.

What you should know – ringworm is contagious. It can be passed from one person to the next by direct skin-to-skin contact or by contact with contaminated items such as combs, unwashed clothing, and shower or pool surfaces. You can also catch ringworm from pets that carry the fungus. Cats are common carriers.

Other Fungal Infections

  • Tinea Capitis – contagious ringworm (remember – it’s not worms it’s fungus!) of the scalp, common in children
  • Tinea Cruris – Also known as “Jock Itch”, this fungal infection of your pubic area is characterized by red, raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze. Yet another type of ringworm, this infection is contagious. Seek treatment right away, keep the area dry and the air circulating around it.
  • Candidiasis – a yeast infection of the mucous membrane. This is a very itchy fungal infection that needs immediate treatment.

Midwest Dermatology physicians will review your symptoms, examine your skin and formulate a plan that includes prescription medication and a home regimen to treat all types of skin fungus.

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