Fungal infections are among the most persistent and widespread skin conditions. They include athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm and many nail and scalp infections. If you find yourself with an infection, see your doctor about the treatment option that’s best for you. Below are some tips and facts that may help you deal with or prevent a fungal infection. For more information go to Fungal Guide.
MY TOE NAILS LOOK STRANGE
Toenails are nearly seven times more likely to develop a fungal infection than fingernails. That’s because the warm, moist environment created by socks and shoes is ideal for fungal growth. If you develop a fungal infection, seek treatment from your doctor. Untreated fungal infections often spread to other nails.
WHAT IS JOCK ITCH?
Jock itch is a fungal infection in the groin creases that is common in warm climates. It appears as a reddish brown scaly rash, sometimes with small blisters or pustules. If you think you have jock itch, seek medical treatment – an untreated infection can spread to the thighs, buttocks and lower abdomen.
IS RINGWORM REALLY A WORM?
Contrary to popular belief, ringworm has nothing to do with worms! It’s a fungal infection characterized by red and scaly ring-shaped patches on the upper body, hands or feet. If you have a suppressed immune system, play contact sports or have a child who has a fungal skin infection, you’re more likely to get ringworm. See your doctor for treatment options.
WHAT CAN I CATCH IN A HOT TUB?
Think twice before jumping in that hot tub! Hot tubs, saunas and spas are all ideal environments for the organisms that cause fungal infections. Check your nails often for any changes in colour or texture. And pay particular attention to your feet – toenails are seven times more likely …