Your doctor has confirmed that your skin symptoms are due to a fungal infection. There are several different types of fungi that cause fungal infections in the skin and nails. The type of infection you have is based on where it is located on your body.

What are Dermatophytes?

Fungi that cause infections in the skin are called dermatophytes and infections caused by dermatophytes   are also known as “ringworm” or “tinea”. One example of a very common fungal infection is athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis. Another common fungal infection is jock itch, an infection affecting the groin area and also known as tinea cruris.


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 Who develops fungal infections?

Fungal infections are very common and they can affect healthy individuals.  Fungal infections can affect people who use communal baths, people who are involved in contact sports such as wrestling, and people who live in close contact with animals. Some species of fungi are found in warm moist areas, and fungal outbreaks can happen in schools, households and institutional settings.

Your doctor may diagnose you with a fungal infection based on your symptoms and physical examination. Sometimes a sample of the affected skin or nails is sent to a laboratory

for fungal culture.

Treatment Options

dermatophytes can affect almost any surface of the body ranging from the scalp, arms and legs all

Practicing good hygiene is one

way to avoid fungal infections.

The medication and duration of  the treatment will depend on the location of the infection. Infections

the way to the feet, groin and nails. These infections are itchy, and you may have a red scaly or a ring-shaped rash.

Fungal infections are usually spread through direct contact with an infected person or animal. Clothing, bedding, and towels can also become contaminated.

There are many species of dermatophytes that cause infections in humans. The most common types are Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton tonsurans, which are usually transmitted from person to person. Microsporum canis is transmitted to people from animals such as cats and dogs.

in the scalp require treatment with an oral antifungal medication. Other areas of the body may be treated with topical antifungal creams or ointments. The duration of the treatment is dependent on the severity of the infection and may range from two to six weeks or more.

Good hygiene and hand washing are great ways to prevent infections. People should avoid sharing hairbrushes, hats and other pieces of clothing that may come into contact with infected areas. Beauty salons and barbershops should have their instruments properly sterilized, and pets should be taken to a veterinarian if they have any signs of skin disease.



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