Can you catch fungal infections from a cat? I suspect I may have fungal infection of scalp and curious

Yes. Cats can carry Ringworm. Ringworm is not a worm but a fungal infection. The lesion is a raised, scaly, and itchy rash. There is usually a bald spot where the infection occurs. See your Doctor for treatment. More info here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ringworm/basics/definition/con-20029923.

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How would a culture of the scalp be performed if a fungal infection was suspected? Do they swab it or take hair samples, etc.?

Direct exam. Fungal infections of the skin and hair can generally be diagnosed by microscopic examination after digesting scrapings with KOH. If there is need for culture a swab would suffice. Read more...

Itchy red rash start 3 mo ago nape of neck spread to back, buttocks, thighs. Husband diagnosis fungal infection scalp/mustache area--could catch from him?

You could. You should go to see your doctor and have your doctor examine your rash. Yes, fungal infection is very possible especially that you have possible exposure from your husband. Other causes also need to be checked- so , go to see your pmd ( likely your hubby has what is called- tinea barbae- and when it is located on the trunk -like in your case- is called tinea corporis. They are ringworm). Read more...
It could. Tinea versicolor can be spread by contact. I would go to be seen and confirm since the treatment for an infection so widespread would be an oral anti fungal. Read more...

What happens if I leave a fungal infection of the scalp untreated?

No. Fungal infection of the scalp has to be treated with oral antifungals as well as shampoo cause if you leave it untreated it lead to patches of hair loss( tinea species the most common fungal infection of scalp) does that. Read more...

Have fungal infection in my head scalp., my hair is also thinning. What should I do?

Fungal infection of . See a dermatologist. Get the fungal infection cultured to determine the type of fungus. The doctor can start you on a topical antifungal shampoo until the culture returns and then decide if you need to be treated with systemic antifungal medicine. Read more...
Tinea Capitis. Treatment of this infection would depend on how severe the infection is and how much inflammation is present with the infection. Simple therapy is a selenium sulfide containing shampoo (like head and shoulders) or nizoril shampoo. If this is not working you should see a dermatologist for systemic therapy and possible antiinflammatory medicaitons, . Read more...

My son has a fungal infection of the scalp for two months now. And has been taking medication too. Anything else I can do to get rid of it?

Examine. Frequently skin problems can appear similar to each other. Your son needs to be examined to ensure there is not a psoriasis or eczema problem. Read more...
First... ...Make sure the diagnosis is correct. Has his scalp been tested to be sure he actually has a fungal infection? If so, is he taking an oral medication? (topical treatments rarely work on scalp fungus.) if he's on an oral med, is the dosage adequate? If it is, the fungus species may be resistant to that particular medicine, and the medicine needs to be changed. Read more...