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. Ronea Chambers
Ronea Chambers, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist. She received her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She completed her internship in internal medicine while serving in the U.S. Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, in the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. After completion of dermatology residency training at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Dr. Chambers continued her military service as Chief of the Dermatology Element at Andrews Air Force Base, MD. She has several articles published, has been featured in many publications/media and has traveled nationally for lecturing engagements. Throughout her career, she has continued to mentor and/or train resident physicians, medical and physician assistant students. The prevention and treatment of skin cancers are of particular interest to her. “My goal for each patient is to help them achieve their healthiest skin possible. It’s rewarding to use my creativity and skill to educate, equip and empower my patients so that we attain this goal together.”
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Shane O'Neil, PA-C
Shane O'Neil is a board-certified Physician Assistant from Binghamton, NY with 5 years of dermatology experience. He is married to his wife KC, who is also a physician assistant. Shane's hobbies include exercise, playing and watching sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Having recently relocated from the Washington, D.C. area, Shane is happy to now call Charlotte home. "I strive to provide easy access and excellent care so my patients can leave our office with a smile on their face."
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