Fungal Skin Infection Treatments

While it may not seem like much of an issue at first glance, many patients don’t realize that many skin irritations are caused by fungal skin infection. The Latin word “tinea”, meaning worm, is used to refer to fungal infections that can be found in the skin, hair, and nails. Because fungi are organisms that lack the ability to nourish themselves, they grow directly on their food source, which is why some of them grow on human tissue.

There is a variety of different types of fungal skin infection, but thankfully we have just the right kinds of treatment to make them little more than a soon forgotten nuisance.

Types of Fungal Infections

Cryosurgery

Cryosurgery is the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze off the brown spots on your skin to reveal healthy skin beneath. Cryosurgery is a very common procedure used to remove not only brown spots but also warts, some skin cancers, and other skin lesions. This is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that provides efficient results.

Athletes Foot Treatment

Athletes foot (Tinea Pedis) treatment is always in demand, as most patients develop athlete’s foot by walking barefoot in public pools, hotels, or locker rooms, and the humid conditions of wearing footwear for extended periods only exacerbates it. Symptoms include itchy blisters, scaling, and red, dry, cracking skin. Athletes foot treatment consists of anti-fungal creams for mild cases, and anti-fungal pills for more severe cases.

Ringworm Treatmen

Ringworm (Tinea Corporis) is a rather bothersome fungal skin infection. This fungus appears on the skin with a ring shape that is scaly, red, and itchy. It can be spread not only from person-to-person, but via contact with soil or touching an animal. This fungus was originally thought to be caused from worms, hence its name. This is not actually the case, however, as ringworm is simply caused by a fungus that can be derived from anywhere in the environment. Ringworm treatment generally consists of anti-fungal creams and in some cases anti-fungal pills.

Scalp Ringworm Treatment

A variation of ringworm, Scalp Ringworm (Tinea Capitis) occurs mostly in children, in the scalp areas. Hair loss in patches and scaling are common symptoms. This condition can be itchy and uncomfortable for patients, as well as cosmetically unappealing. Scalp ringworm treatments is comprised of 0ral medications, which are prescribed to heal the skin and rid it of the fungus. Normal hair growth will usually be restored once the medication has taken effect and the fungus has been eradicated on the skin.

Jock Itch Treatment

Another very common type of fungal skin infection, Jock itch (Tinea Cruris) infects both men and women and is typically itchy with a red border. It occurs in the groin and, like other fungal infections, can spread with ease. It is typically caused by the accidental spreading of athletes foot to the patient’s own groin area. Jock itch treatment consists of prescription creams, which are recommended because they treat symptoms quicker and more efficiently than over the counter creams.

About

Dr. David Myers

Dr. David Myers is a board certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. His expertise and attention to detail make him a trusted doctor in his community.

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