Fungal infections of the skin, hair, and nails are very common and go by the common names of ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot, etc. Typically, these infections are not very dangerous but rather are bothersome to the patient because of appearance, itching, burning, or flaking.
Did you know…
An estimated 20–25% of the world’s population has some form of fungal infection. Many factors can increase susceptibility to fungal infections such as an impaired skin barrier, use of corticosteroids, occlusive clothing or shoe-ware, and humid weather.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have a fungal infection?
Fungal skin infections can occur anywhere on the body. The rash is typically red and scaly and symptoms can include itching, burning, and sometimes may be asymptomatic. Scalp fungal infections are common in children and can lead to hair loss. Fungal infections of the nail usually cause discoloration and thickening of the affected nails. There are many other skin conditions that resemble fungal infections, so the best way to determine the cause of the rash is to visit your dermatologist.
What can I expect from treatment of a fungal infection?
Many superficial fungal infections respond well to topical anti-fungal therapy. Deeper or more treatment-resistant infections require oral therapy. There are many classes of anti-fungal medications and choosing the most appropriate treatment requires consideration of the type of infection, safety, cost, and patient preference. At your appointment, the dermatologist will go over these factors and together you can choose the best treatment for you.