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Everything to know about Dermatophytosis.

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Dermatophytosis is an infection of the hair, skin, and nails that is caused by a dermatophyte.


Dermatophytic infection is very common. More than 10 million cases of ringworm are reported in India every year.
- Highly contagious
- Requires a diagnosis by a medical professional
- Usually self-treatable
- Lab tests or imaging are hardly required
Ringworm is generally spread by skin-to-skin contact or by touching an infected animal or object hence it is highly contagious. The treatment is anti-fungal medication.


Ages affected 0 -2 commonly; between 3 40 most commonly; 41-60 and above - most commonly


Symptoms:


Diagnosed by a medical professional
Ringworm is typically crusty and may be red and itchy. Ringworm of the scalp is collective in kids, where it may cause bald patches.
People may experience:
Skin: darkening of the skin, fissures, peeling, red rashes, or crusty patches
Also common: hair loss or itchy scalp
A doctor should be consulted immediately if these symptoms start to appear. If severe symptoms start to appear, medical help should be availed right away.


Treatment:


Treatment generally includes anti-fungal medication
Medications:
Anti-fungal to prevent the growth of fungi.
Self-Care:


Wearing loose-fitting cotton or synthetic clothing which wick moisture away from skin surface is advisable. Losing weight is also advisable for the patients.


Preventative:


The patient shouldnt share their clothes or towels. Undergarments, socks, caps should also be regularly washed and kept in the sun and ironed.


Specialists :
For other kinds, consult a physician, Paediatrician, Primary Care Provider (PCP), and Dermatologist. At mfine, were here to help you with different areas of health issues, come on board for a holistic treatment program.

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