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What is the definition or description of: fungal skin infection?

What is the definition or description of: fungal skin infection?

Fungal skin: Infection is an infection of the skin and possible superficial soft tissue structures with a fungal pathogen; common conditions are ringworm, tinea versicolor, or candida intertrigo. ...Read more

Dr. Ritu Saini
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Trichophyton (Definition)

Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more

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Do you know the name of a tablet for fungal skin infection?

Do you know the name of a tablet for fungal skin infection?

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

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What are the best remedies for fungal skin infection?

What are the best remedies for fungal skin infection?

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

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Treating Ringworm (Checklist)

Apply Lamisil over the counter
2x day
Continue two weeks after resolved
once
seek a dermatologist if not resolved in 2 weeks
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What can be done to treat fungal skin infection by myself?

Lotimin, Micatin: Lotrimin, micatin, or amisil at are options for self treatment of fungal infection. Use for 4 weeks. If not clear see physician for prescription. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a fungal skin infection or eczema?

A dermatologist...: ...Will take a sample of the scale from the rash, put it under the microscope, and look for fungal elements (we call them "hyphae"). If they are present, it's a fungal infection; if not, eczema or something closely related in most cases. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
Once
Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
Daily
Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
Daily
Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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How do you know if you have a fungal skin infection or if it's just eczema?

How do you know if you have a fungal skin infection or if it's just eczema?

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

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Skin Infection (Definition)

Skin infection is a condition in which a person has a skin problem caused by infection with germs such as yeast, fungi, viruses, bacteria, or parasites. Oral medicines, IV medicines, and/or creams and gels can be used in the treatment of skin infections. Severe, life-threatening infections ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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

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