If you’re struggling with a fungal infection like ringworm, jock itch, candida, or another condition, don’t stress. These conditions are quite common and almost always treated easily with the right care. Find out more about these types of fungal infections and the host of available fungal infection treatment options on the market today.
Athlete’s foot (or tinea pedis) is one of the most common fungal infections out there, caused by the feet being excessively exposed to moisture. It gets its name because it’s often started by staying in sweaty socks too long or walking around damp locker rooms, showers, or pools while barefoot. It may include peeling skin, particularly between the toes, and it’s associated with itching or stinging sensations. If it gets severe enough, blisters may appear.
Over-the-counter sprays are an excellent option for athlete’s foot. Not only are they able to target hard-to-reach areas between the toes, but they dry quickly after application. Look for sprays with the ingredient tolnaftate.
Common fungal infections like ringworm and jock itch are often treated with antifungal powders or creams. Ringworm -- which gets its name from the shape of the pink, round ring that appears on the skin, not a worm -- can appear anywhere on the body. It’s extremely contagious and usually transmitted by sharing clothing or towels. Creams like Lamisil, Monistat-Derm, and Lotrimin can help treat it within a few days.
Jock itch, also known as tinea cruris, is a red, itchy rash that appears around the groin, buttocks, inner thighs, or genitals. It’s most common during warmer months, growing in moist environments. Over-the-counter topical antifungal creams or powders can help treat jock itch and are formulated specifically to be safe for the sensitive skin around the genitals.
If you’ve tried powders, creams, or sprays but still have that nagging fungal infection, you will need a doctor to prescribe an oral antifungal drug. Additionally, if you have a systemic fungal infection in the lungs or GI tract, you will absolutely need a prescription medication.
Fungal yeast infections -- caused by the fungi candida and also responsible for diaper rash -- might be easily cured with OTC creams, but could require oral medication. Fungal yeast infections appear as pimple-like bumps or a scaly rash in creased areas like the armpit and buttocks. These types of fungal infections are not contagious, but they can spread and will require an oral antifungal if not taken care of.
One final note on fungal infections -- they’re often very preventable. For one, many are contagious, so if you or a loved one has a fungal infection, be sure to avoid physical contact and keep the area covered in public places. Wash all towels and sheets, keeping them separate from others. Practice good personal hygiene with regular showers or baths, especially after physical activity.
Change your clothes daily, and change out of wet bathing suits or sweaty garments as soon as possible. Avoid artificial fingernails, which can cause a serious fungal infection beneath the nail bed. Regularly clean showers, bathtubs, and floors with warm water and a disinfectant.
If you’re in the greater New York City area and think you might have a fungal infection, call Vanguard Dermatology today. One of our experts can easily identify your condition and prescribe the right treatment.