What are Fungal Diseases?
Fungal diseases may sound puzzling and hazardous, but they are often caused by fungi that are found in the most surroundings. Fungal infections of the skin are very common and include athlete’s foot, fingernail or toenail fungus jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections.
Fungi can be found in soil, on plants, trees, and other vegetation, and on our skin, mucous membranes, and intestinal tracts. Most fungi are not hazardous, and some can even be helpful – for example, penicillin, bread, wine, and beer use ingredients made from fungi. However, some types of fungi can be damaging to health; like microorganisms and viruses, some fungi can act as pathogens or toxins.
The indicators of fungal diseases depend on the type of infection and location within the body. Some types of fungal infections can be minor, such as a rash or a mild respiratory illness. However, other fungal infections can be more serious, such as fungal pneumonia or circulation infection, and can lead to severe complications such as meningitis or death.
What is Ring worm?
Worms don’t cause ringworm. Rather, this superficial skin infection, also known as tinea, is caused by fungi called dermatophytes. The fungi are microscopic organisms that can live off the dead tissues of your skin, hair, and nails. Ringworm is characterized by a rosy ring of small blisters or a ring of scaly skin that matures outward as the infection spreads. Though children are especially susceptible to catching ringworm, it can affect adults as well.
Ringworm may involve the hands, particularly the palms and the spaces between the fingers. Tinea manus is a common companion of tinea pedis or ringworm of the feet.
Also called tinea corporis, ringworm of the body is closely related to athlete’s foot, tinea cruris and ringworm of the scalp, tinea capitis. Ringworm often spreads by direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or animal.
Antifungal medications are used to treat ringworm. Mild ringworm often responds to antifungal products that you apply to your skin. For more-severe infections, you may need to take antifungal pills for several weeks.
What is Nail Fungus?
This fungal infection also called onychomycosis can effect one or more of your fingernails or toenails. Nail fungus infection can begin as a white spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges.
Nail Fungus might recur and without treatment might become difficult to remedy. Over the counter medications can prove effective at treating the symptoms and clear up the nail fungus in most cases.
There are different categories of nail fungus depending on type of fungus and appearance which may have somewhat different signs and symptoms.
- Thicker than usual
- Crumbly or ragged edges
- Distorted in shape
- A dark color
Nails with a fungal infection might separate from the nail bed, express some aches and pain or emit a foul odor.
When to schedule an appointment with Kovak Laser Institute
Once a nail fungal infection begins, it can continue indefinitely if not treated. See your Kovak Laser specialist doctor at the first sign of nail fungus, you can decide on the most effective form of management. We offer treatment with lasers.
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