Fungal Infection Treatment
Fungal infections of the skin, called mycosis, come in many varieties. They all share many common symptoms, such as redness, itching, swelling, irritation, and blisters. Fungi exist everywhere, so it is not unusual to contract a fungal infection. Dr. Emma Murad and Dr. Susan Spitzler, our talented medical team at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta, provide fungal infection treatment and other general/medical dermatology treatments for clients throughout the Atlanta Metro area, including Alpharetta and Johns Creek.
Fungi grow best in damp, warm areas. Sweaty shoes, socks, damp locker rooms and dressing rooms at pools, many summertime hangouts, and any wet, humid environment. Most fungal infections are contagious and are contracted from these areas where fungi thrive. Some, however, are not contagious but are caused by a proliferation of fungus that grows on your skin, such as yeast infections; examples are diaper rash or thrush.
Treatment for Athlete’s Foot, Jock Itch, Ringworm and Common Yeast Infections
Dr. Murad or Dr. Spitzler will begin by performing a physical examination of the affected area and reviewing your medical history and environmental factors. They may also recommend blood tests and some skin tests to determine the type of fungal infection and its severity. After diagnosing your particular fungal skin infection, they can prescribe a custom treatment.
Typical treatment plans for fungal infections include some lifestyle factors, like washing and thoroughly drying the affected area regularly and keeping it dry. OTC powders and antifungal medicines are also usually recommended. Severe cases may require prescription medications or topical creams or ointments. Yeast infections on the skin usually require a medicated topical application and maybe even oral antibiotics.
Avoiding damp public areas, changing your clothing daily and keeping skin clean and dry can also help you avoid contracting a fungal infection of any type. If you suspect you have a fungal skin infection, schedule an exam and consultation at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta. We provide treatment for a wide variety of fungal skin infections at our Alpharetta clinic.