The reason for and treatment of fungal infections with Algonquin, IL area dermatologist

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Treat Fungal Infection at Dermatology Specialists in Algonquin IL Area
While fungal infections are not life-threatening, they can impact a patient’s quality of life dramatically because they can become uncomfortable, itchy, unsightly, and even contagious. Our board-certified dermatologists at Dermatology Specialists of Illinois in Algonquin, IL understand the need to have fungal infections diagnosed and treated as soon as possible, so patients can get back to their lives without interruption. Our team can determine the reason for the development of a fungal infection and provide methods to treat them.

What is a fungal infection?

A fungal infection is a type of skin disease that often develops on various areas of the body, and even on the nails. The reason for fungal infections is due to microorganisms that grow due to organic compounds on the skin and nails. The infection can become worse with time if it is not accurately diagnosed and treated. While over-the-counter treatments can work at addressing many fungal infections, there are times when a dermatologist may need to prescribe a medication that is only available at a pharmacy to eradicate the fungal infection.

What are some common fungal infections seen at Dermatology Specialists of Illinois?

Our board-certified dermatologist sees a wide range of skin issues, including fungal infection that can impact the body or nails. Below are just a few of the more typical fungal infections presented in our office:
  • Ringworm
  • Jock itch
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Tinea versicolor
  • Nail fungus

How are fungal infections treated?

Some fungal infections can be treated with over-the-counter medications, while others that are more severe may require a prescription medication to resolve. Most fungal infections are addressed with topical creams that are applied directly onto the area of fungus and used for a specific period until the area is fully treated. Patients may have a follow-up appointment with their doctor to ensure that they have addressed the problem and that it has not spread. Patients who see recurring infections may need to speak to a professional about the cause of the infection and how to manage it over time if it continues to develop.

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When should I see a doctor about a fungal infection?

In some situations, such as athlete’s foot and jock itch, the symptoms are easy to spot and many over-the-counter medications can work at resolving them. However, if the condition is not treated with other options, or continues to recur, it may need to be evaluated by a dermatologist to ensure it is indeed a fungal infection. Prescription-strength medications may be prescribed to offer a stronger dose of active ingredients to quickly treat the problem.

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Drs. Vikram Khanna of Algonquin, IL believe in providing the best possible care. With our board-certified dermatologists, patients can receive the care they need to address a wide range of conditions that impact the skin, hair, nails, and body. If you believe you are dealing with a fungal infection, we welcome you to call our office at (844) 307-7546 to request an appointment. We have two convenient locations to offer medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology solutions for new and current patients.