Everything to know about Dermatophytosis.
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
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 generally includes anti-fungal medication
Anti-fungal to prevent the growth of fungi.
Wearing loose-fitting cotton or synthetic clothing which wick moisture away from skin surface is advisable. Losing weight is also advisable for the patients.
The patient shouldnt share their clothes or towels. Undergarments, socks, caps should also be regularly washed and kept in the sun and ironed.
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.