Skin, hair, and nails can all develop fungal infections.
Fungal infections of the skin often involve the feet (tinea pedis, also known as athlete's foot) and groin (tinea cruris, also known as jock itch). These areas can be treated successfully with topical antifungals.
Involvement of the scalp or other hair-bearing areas generally requires oral medication, as the fungal organism can invade the hair shaft.
Nail infections (onychomycosis) can be difficult to cure. Onychomycosis can cause pain and discomfort and may be a cosmetic concern. Oral medications are the most effective but require laboratory monitoring. There are new prescription topical medications that may have improved efficacy over prior topical treatments. These may be helpful in milder cases, but unfortunately, even with the use of systemic medications, onychomycosis often recurs.
Learn more about what can be done to identify and treat fungal infections. Doylestown-area patients can contact Dr. Elizabeth Spiers' office to schedule an evaluation. Call (215) 230-4592.