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how common is it for somebody to get fungal infections?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Very common: Jock itch and athlete's foot are both fungal infections; both are very common. The deeper (and more serious) fungal infections are far less common in the US, but relatively common in tropical countries, particularly in areas where poverty and malnourishment are also common.
Dr. Richard Feinstein
Dermatology 53 years experience
Foot fungus: Fungus occurs commonly in humid, warm regions.. It may be athletes feet & toe nails, or jock itch or on the body, face and scalp. There are some fungus germs that attack people and some attack dogs and cats, and some both. Some people have a family tendency to get foot fungus. Some fungi, called yeast, can grow in the vagina and come from taking antibiotics or birth control pills.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Where am I more likely to contract a fungal infection?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Warm moist areas: A fungal skin infection is more likely to occur on warm, moist parts of the body such as the armpits, the groin, and in between the toes. Candidal yeast infections can occur on the skin, or in the mouth or vagina. Fungi can be found on moist areas like locker room floors, so athlete's foot infections can start from contact with fungi on floors or on other people's footwear.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What sort of disorder is a fungal infection?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Infection: Fungal infections can occur on the skin (ringworm, some diaper rashes, athlete's foot, others), on nails, in the genitals (yeast infections), in the mouth (thrush), or less commonly internal organs. Different fungi come from different places, they have different symptoms, and are treated different ways. Some require only a cream, some oral medication, and some IV medication.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Great answer. Wishing you'all the best.
Feb 13, 2012
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Good answer. Also occasional patient can have fungus infection in kidney or bladder.
Feb 13, 2012
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Any over-the-counter help for someone with fungal infection?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Tinactin (tolnaftate): Tinactin (tolnaftate) is an over the counter med that does quite well on most superficial skin fungus issues.Used twice daily it usually takes a week or so to show good progress if its not a fungus it is unlikely to do harm.
A member asked:

Are some people more prone to getting fungal infection?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes: People with immune system disorders, such as aids, are more prone to fungal infections. People on inhaled steroids may get thrush. And, infants tend to get skin fungal infections.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Rubber watchband giving me fungal infection solutions, what to do?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Stop use: Consider use of band made from a more breathable material.

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