What is a skin fungus?
It’s estimated that at any one time in the U.S., at least one in five people have a skin fungal infection, the most common being athlete’s foot. An unsightly fungus can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable, but we have treatment options that can help.
Types of skin funguses
There are many types of funguses that grow on the skin. Two common types include ringworm, which is an infection that causes a red, circular itchy rash on the trunk of the body, and athlete’s foot, which is a fungal infection that affects the feet.
What causes a skin fungus?
A fungus loves two things above all: warmth and moisture. That’s why the feet and toenails are often a breeding ground for fungus. Some funguses—like ringworm—are contagious and can be passed from person to person or from animals to people through direct or indirect contact.
How is a fungus treated?
The most common treatment for most types of skin funguses is a topical anti-fungal medication. In some cases, an oral medication may be prescribed. For athlete’s foot, it’s important to keep the feet clean and dry since funguses thrive in moist environments.Book an appointment now
- Anti-fungal creams
- Keeping the area clean and dry
- Oral medications
How long does it take to treat?
Treatment strategies and duration will vary depending on the type, location and severity of the fungus. For some people, an anti-fungal cream applied a few times a day for a couple weeks will clear it up completely and for others, a more aggressive strategy will be required. Your dermatologist can diagnose and treat your fungus so it’s less likely to recur.
Up-to-date treatment for fungus
Our dermatologists have experience dealing with a wide range of different types of skin funguses. They use the latest in anti-fungal creams and medications to make sure your fungus is treated quickly and effectively.
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Dr. Carol A. Trakimas
Dr. Carol A. Trakimas is a board-certified Dermatologist with 20 years’ of experience. In addition to her Doctorate in Medicine, she holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in science. Dr. Trakimas completed her internship and residency training at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, where she provided medical and dermatology care to our troops and their families. Dr. Trakimas is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and member of the North Carolina Dermatology Association and other medical societies.
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Tarsha Rivens, PA-C
Tarsha Rivens is a board certified Physician Assistant with eight years of experience, who specializes in acne, eczema, scalp issues and addressing hair loss. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Augustine’s College and a Master’s Degree from East Carolina University, where she focused on Physician Assistant Studies. She is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistant, as well as the American Academy of Physician Assistant. It is Tarsha’s passion to provide compassionate, thoughtful, and in-depth dermatology evaluations to patients with a wide variety of skin maladies.
Location: Sona Dermatology & MedSpa of Raleigh – CaryBOOK NOW
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