Here at at Urgent Family Care in Knoxville and Sevierville we can help determine the type of fungal infection, such as Athlete’s foot, ringworm, or other, that you or a loved one may be suffering with.
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm and jock itch. The fungus thrives in moist, humid conditions, such as when your feet sweat in enclosed shoes. You can catch athlete’s foot from contact with another person who has it, or from contaminated surfaces like locker room showers, towels, or floors. Wear rubber flip flops as protection when you use a public shower.
Athlete’s foot often begins as a scaly, itchy, red rash between the toes. It can cause dryness and scaling on the soles and sides of your feet. It sometimes spreads to your hands when you scratch the rash.
You can treat athlete’s foot with over-the-counter medications, but you should see a doctor if;
Ringworm is not caused by a worm. It is a fungus that infects the outer layers of the skin and causes a scaly rash that spreads outwards in a circle. Ringworm is spread by direct contact with someone who has it, by contact with contaminated object s such as clothing or gym equipment, and occasionally by petting an animal.
Ringworm starts as a scaly raised patch on your skin, and spreads out. The inside of the circle may be scaly, clear, or filled with red bumps. You can treat mild ringworm with an over-the-counter cream, but if it persists your doctor will prescribe oral medicine. See a doctor if the rash persist for longer than 4 weeks.
Ringworm of the scalp is common in young children and is highly contagious. It causes red, itchy, bald patches on the scalp, sometimes with small black dots where hairs have broken off. If infected, it can cause soft swellings and a yellow, crusty, discharge. See a doctor if you suspect your child has ringworm of the scalp. Left untreated, it will spread to others. Your doctor will prescribe an oral medication or a medicated shampoo to treat ringworm of the scalp.
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