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Fungal Infections Specialist

Houston Skin Associates

Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Museum District Houston & Pearland, TX

Fungal infections on your skin and nails can feel uncomfortable, look unsightly, or spread to other areas of your body when left untreated. At Houston Skin Associates, with locations in Museum District, Houston, and Pearland, Texas, the experienced medical and cosmetic dermatologists diagnose and treat fungal infections to make your skin or nails healthier. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.

Fungal Infections Q & A

What are fungal infections?

Fungal infections are common and develop when fungus grows in your skin, nails, or other areas of your body. A fungus can cause discomfort or other unpleasant symptoms when left untreated. Common fungal infections include:

  • Jock itch
  • Ringworm
  • Yeast infections
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Fungal nail

Treating fungal infections can prevent them from spreading and helps clear up your skin and nails.

What are the symptoms of fungal infections?

Symptoms of fungal infections depend on the type of infection and how severe it is. Common symptoms include:

  • Skin redness
  • Rashes
  • Chafing
  • Irritated skin
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Flaking
  • Cracking 
  • Dry peeling
  • Blisters
  • Scaly skin
  • Thickened nails
  • Discolored nails
  • Swelling skin
  • Soreness

Yeast infections in women can lead to vaginal redness, soreness, pain with intercourse, and white-colored, watery, or clumpy vaginal discharge.

What are the risk factors for fungal infections?

Anyone can develop a fungal infection, but some factors increase your risk of getting one. Examples include:

 

  • Weak immune system
  • Antibiotics use
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer treatments
  • Sweating heavily
  • Wearing certain types of shoes

 

Fungal infections can spread from person to person after sharing rugs, bed linens, mats, clothing, or shoes.

 

You might contract a fungal infection in your feet by walking barefoot in public areas where other people walk barefoot. Common places funguses can lurk include locker rooms, saunas, swimming pools, and communal baths or showers. Wear shoes or sandals in public areas.

How does my provider diagnose fungal infections?

To determine if you have a fungal infection or which type you may have, specialists at Houston Skin Associates review your symptoms, discuss your lifestyle and medical history, and examine areas of your skin or nails containing new or unusual symptoms.

Your provider might take a small skin scraping and look at it under a microscope to determine which type of fungal infection you have or send a skin or nail sample to a lab for analysis.

How are fungal infections treated?

The type of treatment best for you depends on your unique needs and the type of fungal infection you’re struggling with. Your provider could recommend you try over-the-counter or prescription oral medicines or creams. While most fungal infections are easily treatable, the sooner you get treated for them, the better your outcome.

If you suspect you have a fungal infection, call the Houston Skin Associates office or schedule an appointment online today.