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FUNGAL INFECTIONS OF THE SKIN

Fungal infections seem to be becoming more popular amongst children over the recent years. It is suggested that this may be due to a reduction in the function of the immune system amongst individuals in the population, otherwise known as being immunocompromised.

Some of the more common fungal infections may be superficial affecting areas like the:

  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Nails
  • Diaper rashes

The fungal infections which most commonly affect the feet are:

TINEA PEDIS (athelet’s foot)

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Figure 1: www.dicalinks.com

TINEA CORPORIS (ringworm)

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Figure 2: www.globalskinatlas.com

Most fungal infections present as:

  • Itchy
  • Red
  • Scaly skin

Fungal spores are found everywhere and on everyone, therefore making it easier to attain. Some common ways of getting a fungal infection are:

  • Being in contact with an individual who is infected
  • Being in contact with areas where the fungal spores are present such as
    • Common showers
    • Swimming pool areas

There are a variety of anti-fungal therapies available. Be sure to contact your podiatrist to ensure you gain the best treatments available.

 

Reference:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2996076/

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