Most common skin Fungus

Fungus Among Us: Common Fungal Infections
Common Skin Infections

Karla Robinson, MD

For some, the summertime generally means more time in the gym and outdoor activities like basketball, flag football, and golf. But enjoying the warm weather can also lead to an increased risk of sweat related fungal infections. Sweating is a normal physiologic process whereby the body is able to cool itself when overheating. However when excessive sweating occurs as is the case in rigorous physical activity, fungal infections can easily develop.

Athlete’s Foot (tinea pedis) is one of the most common fungal infections reported by men. It is contagious and is often spread from person to person in the settings of locker rooms, swimming pools, and communal showers where it is common to be barefoot. It may present in an acute form often following an episode of excessive foot sweating, or in a chronic form which can persist and progress if left untreated.

Acute athlete’s foot is often very itchy and occasionally presents with painful red blisters on the feet or between the toes. Chronic athlete’s foot usually presents as scaly skin on the bottom of the feet and toes or it can appear as cuts or fissures between the toes. Both acute and chronic forms can usually be treated with a course of topical antifungal cream for one to four weeks. For more resistant or extensive cases involving the nail, oral treatment may be required.

Fungal nail infection (onychomycosis) can also be seen in conjunction with athlete’s foot. While the effect of fungus in the nail is primarily limited to unwanted changes in the appearance of the nail, in severe cases it may cause pain or discomfort as the nail becomes deformed or destroyed. As the fungus grows, the affected nail will typically become discolored turning either a yellow, white or brown color. As the infection progresses, the nail can them become very thickened or deformed.

Diagnosing nail fungus is relatively quick and easy. It simply involves testing nail scrapings or clippings and can be done in the office. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, treatment is usually oral medication as topical creams and liquids are ineffective in treating this condition. Typically the treatment is an extended process with the therapy often extending 6-12 months before any improvement or resolution can be seen. In those that are unable to tolerate oral therapy, some studies have shown that other common home remedies may be effective. A daily application of over-the-counter medicated chest rub or eucalyptus and menthol containing antiseptic mouthwash to the affected nail may help to resolve the infection.


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Well I just went to the vet with my rats today

2011-02-10 20:39:59 by MatildasMommy

For similar issues. Vet did a skin scraping to check for parasites, and fungus. Lice is common. What we found was he most likely has allergies. He was sneezing with no discharge, eyes looked red and irritated, scaly dry patches. Poor diet can cause a rat to look rough also. I would suggest a vet visit to get a general health check up to rule out any illnesses or parasites. Good luck to your little guys :)

Hair Loss in Cats

2011-04-01 10:50:32 by DrMaloney

As "damanta" mentioned, there are a number of causes for hair loss at the tailhead, most of which (unfortunately) look similar. Fleas are a good one to consider, but with fleas you should be able to see them. Since you are in the Boise area, more common causes for this sort of hair loss would be allergies, psychogenic hair loss (excessive self-grooming, also called "barbering"), ringworm (which, of course is not a worm but rather a fungus), other parasites (demodex mites, lice), and autoimmune diseases. There aren't many good home remedies for most of these conditions, particularly since you don't yet know what is causing the problem

Here ringworm

2010-08-23 19:14:06 by blackrose322

What are the signs of ringworm?
Ringworm lesions in three different cats
Photo courtesy of TFH Publications
Cats with ringworm may have skin lesions which can appear different depending on where they occur and how long they have been present. The classic symptom is a small round lesion that is devoid of hair. The lesion will often have scaly skin in the center. Small pustules are often found in the lesion. The lesion may start as a small spot and continue to grow in size. The lesion may or may not be irritated and itchy. Lesions are most common on the head, ears, and tail

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