Affordable mycosis treatment
Mycosis is the medical term for a fungal infection. These infections occur when a fungal spore is inhaled through the mouth or nose or enters the body through an opening in the skin (such as a cut or wound).
- Athlete’s Foot: The most common fungal skin infection, athlete’s foot is contracted by direct skin contact with a contaminated surface (such as a public bathroom or shower floor). This fungus usually begins to develop on the feet of individuals who get sweaty feet during exercise, who then spread the fungus via the surfaces detailed above. Athlete’s foot usually first appears in between toes and may spread to the entire foot or the hands. The fungus causes itching and peeling.
- Ringworm: Ringworm is not an actual worm, but a fungus that creates a red, ring-shaped rash. Certain strains of fungus that cause the ringworm rash can infect the scalp, causing hair loss. This is especially common in young children.
- Nail infections: Nail fungus can cause the toenail to discolor and break easily. The symptoms of nail fungus are generally mild but can recur chronically. This fungal infection is especially common in older adults, or in individuals who sweat heavily.
- Jock itch: More common in men than women, jock itch is a fungal infection of the groin area. It causes a red, itchy rash, and is especially common in individuals who sweat a lot.
- Discoloration of the infected area
- A red rash
- Itchy skin
- Blisters or crusty skin along the outer edges of the rash
Fungal infections can usually be diagnosed through a visual inspection. In some cases, your doctor may ask for a sample of the infection to better determine the exact cause of your rash.
Most instances of a fungal infection are treatable with medication. If you are experiencing a persistent rash, talk to your health care provider as soon as you can. Fungal infections usually require prescription medication to properly treat the condition.
Fungal infections are generally treated with antifungal medication. Below is a list of common treatment options for mycosis. During your appointment, talk to your health care provider about the treatment plan that’s right for you.
Fungal infections are usually treated with a course of antifungal medication. Common forms of antifungal medications include:
- OTC topical medications: Many forms of antifungal medication are available over-the-counter as a cream or ointment. These medications are applied to the affected area as directed, and can effectively treat most mild to moderate fungal skin infections.
- Prescription topical medication: If you are experiencing a severe infection, or if OTC medication has not effectively treated the condition, your doctor may prescribe a more potent prescription topical medication. Follow your doctor’s orders while using these products and do not stop using them until the prescription has run its course, or your doctor confirms the infection has gone away. The infectious fungus may still be present in the skin even if you are not experiencing symptoms, so it is important that you continue treatment even if symptoms have subsided.
- Oral medication: Oral antifungal medication may be prescribed by your doctor if you are experiencing a severe infection, or if other forms of treatment have been unsuccessful.