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What causes ringworms?

What causes ringworms?

Fungi: Not worms. Certain species of fungus invades the uppermost layer of the skin and digests lipids in the stratum corneum outwardly expanding, hence the rings. ...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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What causes tinea versicolor?

What causes tinea versicolor?

Pityrosporum ovale: Tinea versicolor is a common fungal infection of the skin caused by pityrosporum ovale. It usually presents as dark reddish-brown patches on the skin of the back, upper arms, axilla, chest, and neck. The patches sometimes appear lighter than the surrounding skin because they do not tan with sun exposure. Treatment is often with topical antifungals (e.g. Ketoconazole). ...Read more

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What causes jock itch/athletes foot/ringworm/tinea?

What causes jock itch/athletes foot/ringworm/tinea?

Dermatophytes: Jock itch and athletes foot are caused by fungi called dermatophytes. They are normal inhabitants of our skin. If conditions such as moisture and warmth are excessive these dermatophytes grow , thrive and cause fungal infections. These fungal infections can spread from body part to body part and even from person to person. Keep the areas dry and clean. If you get an infection there are otc meds. ...Read more

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Is tinea the fungus that causes ringworm a mold or yeast?

Is tinea the fungus that causes ringworm a mold or yeast?

Fungus: Multiple species of tinea fungus cause infections known as ringworm and may vary depending on the part of the body affected. They feed on keratin and can be fairly contagious. Estimated that 20% of the population may have some type of fungal infection, and can be transmitted to and from pets as well. Multiple treatments both topical and oral available once correct diagnosis made. ...Read more

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What cures fungal foot nail infection?

What cures fungal foot nail infection?

Nail fungus: You would be most likely to have success with an oral or paint on antifungal medication prescribed by your physician/ podiatrist or dermatologist. Take care. ...Read more

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What symptoms does Trichophyton Rubrum cause for Athletes Foot?

What symptoms does Trichophyton Rubrum cause for Athletes Foot?

Itchy toes: Redness, itching and scaling between the toes and on the foot. ...Read more

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What does nail fungus infection look like?

What does nail fungus infection look like?

Nail fungus: A common description of nail fungus is that the nail becomes either yellow or white. There can be separation from the nail and the underlying nailbed as well as thickening of the nails overall. ...Read more

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What is difference between tinea pedis and tinea cruris?

What is difference between tinea pedis and tinea cruris?

Only location: Tinea refers to the fungal infection of skin. Tinea pedis (pedis=foot) is athlete's foot, and tinea cruris (cruris=crotch) is jock itch. They differ only in location, and are treated the same way. ...Read more

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What causes ringworm on the vulva?

Really?: First you have to make the diagnosis. Koh exam involves gently scrapping the skin and examine the scales under the microscopic by an md. Ringworm is a fungus acquired by skin to skin contact, soil to skin, or animal to skin. Over the counter Lamisil (terbinafine) cream may cure the problem. ...Read more

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Are ringworms, athlete's foot, or jock itch kinds of tinea infection?

Are ringworms, athlete's foot, or jock itch kinds of tinea infection?

Yes: All fungal infections and treatments are mostly the same. See a dermatologist or your medical doctor. If it is severe, then pills may be needed. ...Read more

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What causes toe nail fungus?

What causes toe nail fungus?

See a podiatrist: Fungus is everywhere. The nail plate typically is smooth and adhered to the underlying bed, but if there is any damage that causes the nail plate to lift and/or there is a change in the texture of the nail plate, fungus is very opportunistic. The key for treatment is prevention and getting rid of environments that fungus like. A podiatrist can recommend topical, oral or even laser therapy. ...Read more

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What fungus generally causes itchy red skin?

What fungus generally causes itchy red skin?

All fungi: All fungi trichophyton, microspsporum etc can cause itchy red skin and should be treated with topilcal antifungals and if extensive oral antifungals such as lamisil, (terbinafine) Nizoral or sporonox. ...Read more

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Ringworm, athletes foot, or jock itch are the same kind of tinea infection?

Ringworm, athletes foot, or jock itch are the same kind of tinea infection?

Yes: All are superficial fungal infections that thrive in the dead cells that cover and protect the skin. Different species of fungus can cause the same or different nuisance illnesses, but all are easy to manage with today's topical medications. ...Read more

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Does a fungus cause dandruff?

Does a fungus cause dandruff?

Maybe!: Several fungal species have been linked to dandruff in a number of scientific studies. Of note is the fact that zn, tar, selenium, and Nizoral (ketoconazole) (an anti-fungal drug), all have anti-fungal properties. Re ipso loquitor! the results speak for themselves! ...Read more

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What causes yeast infection?

What causes yeast infection?

Fungus: Yeasts are microscopic organisms that are a type of fungus. Abnormal overgrowth of these fungi happen in a "yeast infection". This can be triggered by changes in ph (acidity) of the environment / anatomic location or by other factors such as taking antibiotics (which cause altered flora). Decreased immune system function may also be related to yeast infections. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What causes yeast infection?

What causes yeast infection?

More than natural: Having more yeast than there naturally should be in a particular part of the body... is what causes a yeast infection. Yeast and fungi are part of our lives on Earth. They are always with us, but when they end up in places or in numbers that are not natural, we call it an infection. Sometimes we call it an overgrowth, if the location is normal but the yeast numbers are too high. ...Read more

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Serious nail fungal infection, what to do?

Serious nail fungal infection, what to do?

Agree w Dr. Singh: Topical anti-fungal treatments are often not effective when an extensive amount of nail has been impacted. Your physician can order you a stronger medication such as Lamisil which can be prescribed for burst treatments. ...Read more

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What causes dandruff?

What causes dandruff?

Complicated: It is a combination of skin chemistry and physiology and one's relationship with a ubiquitous fungus. ...Read more

Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

A superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs. The same appearances of ringworm may also occur on the scalp (tinea capitis), beard area (tinea ...Read more


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Fungus (Definition)

Consisting of a florid overgrowth due to exposure to ...Read more