Many common fungal skin infections can affect the skin or nails. Patients may notice itching, rashes, redness or other symptoms from fungal infections such as ringworm. If you are located in the Poulsbo, Washington area and notice these issues, schedule an appointment at West Sound Dermatology. Our expert care providers can make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe effective treatment.
Common Types of Fungal Skin Infections
Most fungal skin infections are localized, only affecting one area of the body such as the feet or nails. They can be caused by various types of fungi and may infect patients through direct contact with another infected person or a contaminated surface or object. For example, many fungal infections may spread from walking barefoot in public pools or locker rooms or from sharing towels or clothing. Some common types of fungal infections include:
- Tinea pedis (athlete’s foot)
- Tinea cruris (jock itch
- Tinea unguium (onychomycosis or nail fungus)
- Tinea versicolor
- Cutaneous candidiasis
- Oral thrush
- Yeast infection
- Diaper rash
Fungal Skin Infection Treatments
These skin infections should be treated with an antifungal medication. After making a diagnosis, your provider may recommend an over the counter medication or prescribe an antifungal. This may be a cream, ointment, powder, shampoo or pill depending on the type of fungal infection or location of the infection.