Fungal Infections of the Skin
There are several classifications of fungi that live on the skin, hair, and nails:
Normal fungus lives on our skin and protects us from other harmful bacteria and fungus. Sometimes this fungus overgrows and results in an infection called tinea versicolor. Tinea versicolor affects the chest and back of athletic adults, as the fungus feeds on sweat. It typically appears as pink, white, scaly areas on the chest and back. It may be itchy. Dr Tareen will prescribe topical creams and washes to treat this rash. Occasionally, oral medication may be needed for deeper fungal infections.
Tinea corporis, capitis, and cruris:
There are other forms of fungus that are not normally found on the human body- instead they may be picked up from a pet or by touching a warm, moist area infected with fungus (locker rooms, etc). Tinea capitis is a fungal scalp infection, most commonly found in children. Other fungal rashes can be found in the warm folds of the body- this is known as “intertrigo.”
Tinea Pedis or “Athletes Foot”
Foot fungus, or athlete’s foot, is scientifically referred to as tinea pedis. Signs of athlete’s foot include red, scaly patches on the bottom and sides of the foot, cracks between the toes, and sometime small little blisters. Dr. Tareen will prescribe a prescription anti-fungal and review proper foot care.
Fungal infections of the nails
Fungal infections of the toenails may cause yellow-brown thickening and discoloration of the nail and sometimes may result in pain. There are prescription topical medications that are very safe that can help the nails with proper use. Sometimes oral medications may be used.