- Nail discoloration
- Separation of nails
Fungal Infections of Skin and Nails
in Fargo, North Dakota
Many different bacteria and fungi live on our skin for our whole lives. Often times, these don’t do anything that negatively affects us. Sometimes, however, these fungi can cause itching, burning, and redness, as well as many other symptoms that can be very irritating. Fungal infections on the skin and nails are easily treated, but can cause longer problems if left untreated. If you start to experience any of these symptoms, then it is important to go see your dermatologist.
A fungal infection is a skin condition that is caused by bacteria that multiply on our skin, causing it to be red, inflamed, and itchy. Occasionally, depending on the severity of the infection, you can experience blisters, sores, and scabs. This condition is typically caused by two types of bacteria; yeast and dermatophytes. Fungal infections can happen almost anywhere on our body.
Yeast infections often affect the skin, along with the mouth, vagina, and gut. Yeast lives on our skin but sometimes multiplies, causing an infection to occur. If an infection occurs in the nails, this can lead to painful swelling, and possibly separation of the nail from the bed.
A dermatophyte is a fungus that lies in dead tissues, like nails or skin cells. Dermatophytes often cause blisters and a scaly rash on the skin. If nails are affected by dermatophytes, they can become thick, split, or even fall from the nail bed.
Common fungal infections include:
- Athlete’s foot
- Jock itch
If you feel that you are suffering from an infection of the skin or nails, it’s important to go see your dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis. During a consultation with Dr. Ness, you will review your health history and any medications that you are taking. If you have a history chronic diseases, cancer, diabetes, or HIV, these can all increase your chances of contracting a type of fungal infection. Yeast infections are simple to identify and are usually seen under a microscope. Dermatophyte infections are typically diagnosed after removing and looking at scales under a microscope. If you are experiencing an infection, there are a few treatments available. These include antifungal creams/powders, removal of the infected nail, or prescribing an antifungal medication.
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Fungal infections of the skin and nails are mostly preventable by practicing some of these tips:
- Keep your skin clean and dry
- Avoid sharing personal items
- Eliminate skin folds or keep them clean and dry
- Avoid direct contact with infected individuals
- Over-the-counter antifungal creams (Lotrimin)
- Antifungal foot powder
Fungal infections can be unpleasant and seem difficult to control. Seeing a board certified dermatologist can be a great first step in finding relief. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ness at Fargo Center for Dermatology, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.