Fungal Infections

The most common types of fungal infections of the skin and nails are:

    • Tinea barbae—along the beard and jawline
    • Tinea capitis—occurs on the neck and scalp
    • Tinea corporis—known as ringworm, occurs on various parts of the body, such as the arms, shoulders and face
    • Tinea cruris—known as jock itch, involves the groin area
    • Tinea pedis—known as athlete's foot
    • Tinea unguium (onychomycosis)—occur on the nails
    • Tinea versicolor—superficial fungal infection that affects the skin's pigmentation
    • Candida infections—typically on the skin or mucous membranes caused by an overgrowth of candida

Dermatologists have experience diagnosing and treating fungal infections. The diagnosis of fungal infections is often made just by looking at the skin. In some cases, additional testing can be necessary. This can be (1) KOH examination—a non-invasive scraping to look at the cells under the microscope (2) culture (3) biopsy. Skin fungal infection are typically treated with any of multiple topical or oral medications.

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