Fungal Infection Symptoms and Causes

Fungal infection causes

Fungal infections, like other germs can infect various parts of the body including the skin, lungs, bone, brain and blood stream.

Incidence: Common
○ More than 200,000 US cases per year
○ Treatable by a medical professional
○ Requires a medical diagnosis
○ Lab tests (culture) may be required
○ Medium-term: resolves within weeks

Symptoms depend on the area infected. In dermatology, we deal with fungal infections that are primarily limited to the skin or mucous membranes. Athlete's foot, jock itch and thrush are common examples. Treatments include antifungal medications.

Cause of folliculitis: Folliculitis is caused by an infection of some or many hair follicles with Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) infectious bacteria. Folliculitis is also caused by viruses, fungi and inflammation due to ingrown hairs.

What does a fungal infection look like?

Fungal Infections require a medical diagnosis: Symptoms depend on the area affected, but can include skin rash, vaginal discharge or a whitish coating in the mouth. People may experience darkening or redness of the skin, loss of color, peeling, flaky rashes. If it involves the scalp, hair loss may be seen. Also common: itching or vaginal discharge.

Fungal infection symptoms
Fungal infections
Fungal infection treatments

Treating Fungal Infections:

Self-care for fungal infections: Self-care is not advised, but as a guide, over-thecounter anti-fungal medications can sometimes help, but the will not eliminate the issue. Expect recurring breakouts if clinical treatment is not obtained.

Our Clinical Treatment for Fungal Infection:

Long-term and effective treatments include effective antifungal medications prescribed by our certified medical dermatologists. [ Make an appointment }


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