Scientists say there are over 1.5 million species of fungi on Earth. Fortunately, only about 300 species make people ill. Treatment for a fungal infection and the corresponding rashes, therefore, depends on the species involved and its location.
Fungal infections can be superficial or systemic. Superficial infections attack the skin and/or mucus membranes, while systemic infections get into the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. Systemic infections can be life-threatening. Fungal infections can also be opportunistic, which means they attack people with weakened immune systems.
Often times, oral medications can be used to treat the rashes involved in several types of yeast and fungal infections. Since an oral medication stops the fungus from growing, it can also prevent systemic infections.
Depending on the situation, the patient may take the medicine once per day, and the amount of the dose will depend partly on the patient’s weight. Oral medication is usually most effective if it remains at a constant level within the patient’s body. The patient will, therefore, have to take it at the same time every day. The patient should also finish the entire prescription, even if they feel all better. If they don’t complete the course, the fungus could grow back.
Topical medications can be used to treat fungal infection rashes affecting the skin like ringworm, athlete’s foot, jock itch and some yeast infections. Like oral medications, they can stop the fungus from growing.
The patient usually cleans and dries the affected area and then applies the medication. It may take the form of a spray or cream. Also like oral medication, the patient should continue using the medication until it is all gone; stopping prematurely might allow the fungus to return.
Prescription drugs can be used to treat certain types of fungus, and these may be taken orally or applied to the skin. One form is used to treat fungal scalp infections in children.
During a consultation at Rao Dermatology, our team of medical professionals can diagnose your fungal infection, assess the severity of your rash or skin condition and then come up with a treatment plan that is right for you. A combination of topical and oral medications may be used to alleviate your symptoms. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for fungal infection rashes; it all depends on the unique situation.
Rao Dermatology has offices in Manhattan, Atlantic Highlands, Woodbridge, Fresno and Hanford. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options for your condition.