Fungal infections are common skin conditions that are caused by fungi like tinea or dermatophytes. These fungal organisms are responsible for infections like ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch. Other infections include nail fungus, oral thrush, diaper rash, and yeast infections. Fungal infections typically develop in areas of the body that are damp, such as the feet or armpits.
Symptoms of fungal infections growing near the skin’s surface are red, itchy, and scaling patches. These symptoms are uncomfortable for patients; however, they are not usually contagious or life-threatening. Dr. Michael J. Messina and his team may recommend topical or oral antifungal medications, depending on the location(s) and severity of your fungal infections. The recommended medications should clear up the infection. Although, in rare cases, those who are immunosuppressed, elderly, or infants are at a higher risk for the fungus extending into their bloodstream. It can be alarming if this happens, and it can cause major drawbacks to the health of that person. Our team at Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists often recognizes this in someone who is very sick with fever and chills. He or she should seek medical attention immediately.
If you have concerns or questions about fungal infection treatment in Palm Desert, California, we encourage you to call our office at 760-773-6616. Our dermatologist and his team look forward to improving your health in a caring and safe manner.