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Fungal Skin Infection On Wrist
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Depends...: ...On what kind. If you have a vaginal yeast infection, that can be gotten from (or transmitted to) a sexual partner. "jock itch" is a different organism, usually occurs outside of the vagina itself, and to the best of my knowledge, there is no credible evidence that you can catch it from another person. ...Read more
Dermatomycosis: Cannot possibly comment on what you may have without seeing it and examining you. Go and see a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
It can be tricky.: There is overlap between the appearance and symptoms of eczema & fungal infections. Both can be red, scaly and itchy. Mild eczema responds well to moisturizers & Hydrocortisone cream. This treatment can actually worsen some fungal infections. Fungal infections respond well to antifungal creams. If your rash is not improving, see your dermatologist. A simple non-invasive skin test can sort it out. ...Read more
Is it normal for a fungal skin infection to first show up in small (bug bite looking) bumps before getting bigger and more ring-like appearance??
Fungus: Yes that appearances normal trying to catch it right away as early treatment gives quicker healing ...Read more
Depends...: ...On the location. Simple athlete's foot & jock itch will often clear with any of the over-the-counter antifungal creams or sprays. More extensive skin involvement usually requires the addition of an oral antifungal (ketoconazole, terbinafine, etc.) if it's on the face, in the scalp, or in toenails or fingernails, topical treatments simply don't work, and oral antifungals are the only way to go. ...Read more
Heat, moisture: Skin fungi love warm, damp areas such as the groin and feet, which is why jock itch and athletes' foot are so common. Your job is to keep the involved area as cool and dry as possible. In the case of jock itch, wear loose underwear and apply a good powder like zeasorb twice a day. And of course, apply a good antifungal cream or lotion twice a day until the rash clears. ...Read more
Hi is it possible to get a script a fungal skin infection first started on my scalp and body I’m agoraphobic so visiting my gp isn’t an option?
In-person care: A patient with a possible fungal scalp infection needs in-person care with her primary care doctor and maybe a dermatologist because scalp fungal infections are treated with oral antifungal pills that sometimes need blood tests to monitor for side effects. The doctor often will culture the scalp fungus to get an accurate idea of the type of infection. Creams usually do not get rid of scalp fungus. ...Read more
Yes, I do.: There are several; the most popular at the moment are terbinafine (trade name lamisil), ketoconazole (trade name nizoral), itraconazole (trade name sporanox), and Fluconazole (trade name diflucan). All have advantages and disadvantages, depending on the nature and location of the infection. An older medication called Griseofulvin is still used sometimes, but a lot of fungi are resistant to it now. ...Read more
Fungal skin infection. What creams are as good as or better than daktacort. My rashes seem to have got worse rapidly?
Med not the problem?: There are dozens of alternative antifungal preparations. However, often failure is due to problem with the medication reaching the fungus rather than which antifungal med used. You may do better with cream than ointment; you may need 3 or 4 times a day instead of twice; the problem may be something more than just a fungus. If initial therapy fails, best to ask pharmacist or doctor for recommend. ...Read more