Treatment of Fungal Skin Infections
Podiatrists are fully aware of and can easily identify fungal skin infections.
While they may treat Tinea Pedis themselves, they may refer patients on to a skin specialist if required.
Treatment mostly consists of maintaining proper skin hygiene.
Application of antifungal creams such as Ketoconazole is usually effective in managing most fungal infections.
In some cases however, stronger tablets may be required.
Natural alternatives such as tea-tree oil can also be useful in mild cases or as a preventative.
Fungal Toenail Infections
Also called Tinea unguium or Onychomycosis, this condition is one that takes a long time to develop and manifest.
Classical clinical features include a nail that becomes discoloured and can become thickened and rather brittle.
It is commonly seen in the toe nails though it can be seen in the fingernails as well.
This is usually passed on in communal bathing areas, hotel bathrooms or from nail salon’s.
Fungal nail infections in the nails rarely cause discomfort, however can be unsightly in many cases.
Treatment of Fungal Toe Nail Infections
Unfortunately treatment can be quite difficult.
Treatment for fungal nail infections are only fungo-static, rather than fungo-cidal.
This means the treatment stops the growth of new fungus, but does not kill what is already there. In many cases anti-fungal tinctures or paints can be helpful.
These are available these days over-the-counter.
The chances of successful treatment with tinctures are low, and in many cases oral tablets may need to be prescribed.
The podiatrist may also provide advice about the type of footwear to be worn and how to look after nails.
As with fungal skin infections tea-tree oil can also be used as a natural alternative.
Fungal skin and nail infections are common.
They can be seen in a number of different places of the body and can be itchy and occasionally painful.
Podiatrists can effectively treat most cases of fungal infections and can refer patients to the right specialist if further input is needed.