Nobody wants to deal with any form of skin infection, including fungal infections. At Pinnacle Dermatology & Skin Rejuvenation, our team is highly knowledgeable on how to properly diagnose and treat fungal skin conditions to get you back to feeling and looking your best in no time! Our goal is to provide you with the professional and top-notch care you deserve.
What are Fungal Skin Infections?
Fungal skin infections can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, not to mention sometimes contagious. These pesky infections, also called mycosis, are caused when an invading fungus takes over an area of the body. Our immune system cannot override it, leading to skin infections. There are many different fungal skin infections, including:
Athlete’s Foot: Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet, toenails, and sometimes, the hands. Symptoms include stinging, itching, or burning between the toes or other areas of the foot. Blisters and cracking skin may also occur.
This condition can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription-strength anti-fungal medications.
Jock Itch: Also known as tinea cruris, jock itch is a fungal infection affecting the skin on the groin area, inner thighs, and buttocks. Common symptoms include itchiness, redness, burning, cracked skin, or a rash that worsens when you exercise.
This condition can often be treated at home by keeping the affected area dry and clean, and applying over-the-counter antifungal cream. However, if you do not see an improvement in symptoms, Dr. Gray can prescribe you prescription-strength antifungal medications.
Nail Fungus: Also known as onychomycosis, nail fungus can change the appearance of nails, and can cause discomfort or an unpleasant odor.
Treatment options may include oral antifungal medications, medicated nail cream or polish, or in very severe cases, removal of the nail.
Ringworm: Ringworm is a fungal infection affecting the skin on the body or scalp. It often begins as an itchy, red, and scaly rash that spreads into patches that look ring like. Ringworm appears as red rings on the skin. It may also involve patches of blisters that ooze, as well as bald patches on the scalp.
Treatment involves over-the-counter antifungal products. However, prescription-strength medications can be prescribed if your condition is more severe.
Yeast Infections: These infections occur when candida albicans multiply too much. Yeast infections can infect your skin, mouth (oral thrush), urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, or genitals. They are common in moist, warm areas of the body such as the armpits and groin, and are more common in those who are obese, take antibiotics, or have diabetes.
Treatment options will depend on the location and severity of the infection. Mouthwashes for oral thrush or oral anti-yeast medications for skin infections may be prescribed.