Skin, Hair & Dermatology

Fungal Infections – Treatment Options

There are many different types of fungal infections of the skin. They can be contagious and usually cause some itching and discomfort. Fortunately they are all easily treatable — but they won’t go away on their own.

What are the symptoms?

Here are a few of the most common fungal infections and what to look for:

Athlete’s Foot: If you’ve spent time in a locker room, you’re familiar with athlete’s foot. It typically causes redness, irritation, blisters and skin breakdown on the feet and around and between the toes. It can cause intense itching and burning as well.

Ringworm: Ringworm is not caused by a worm, but is actually a highly contagious fungal infection. It looks like a red, circular, raised area of skin and can appear anywhere on the body.

Jock Itch: Jock itch is a red, itchy rash that usually appears near the genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. It usually appears as a red, elevated circle and it might cause the skin to flake, peel or crack.

Yeast Infections: Caused by an overgrowth of candida on the skin, yeast infections are not usually contagious. Skin yeast infections are itchy, scaly, red rashes that most often appear in moist areas like the underarm or groin area.

How are they treated?

We’ll determine what’s causing your infection with direct microscopy. A scraping of the skin can be done to determine if actual fungal organisms are visually seen under the microscope while in the office! Fungal infections of the skin are usually treated with topical medications. Sometimes, your doctor may prescribe an oral anti-fungal medication as well. You can also help prevent infections like athlete’s foot, jock itch or yeast infections by keeping the affected areas clean and dry, not walking barefoot in common shower areas and changing your underwear every day.