Fungal Infections in Florida
The board-certified professionals at Suncoast Skin Solutions have been dedicated to providing patients with comprehensive surgical, medical, and cosmetic dermatological care. Our cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical approaches to medical and cosmetic dermatology provide our patients with natural-looking results that require minimal downtime and recovery.
What are Fungal Infections?
Fungal infections are a common and frustrating problem for our patients to have. Fungal infections, also commonly referred to by physicians as "tinea", are non-life-threatening infections of the skin caused by the overgrowth of fungi and bacteria. Fungal infections can easily be diagnosed by with a examining a simple scraping of the affected area being looked at under a microscope. The most common kinds of fungal infections we see in our patients include:
- Ringworm: Also known as tinea capitis, ringworm is a fungal infection that most commonly affects the scalp. Characterized by its signature ring shape, this fungus can hair loss, itching, and flaking of the scalp.
- Athlete's foot: Also known as tinea pedis, this fungal infection is known for infecting the toes and spaces in between the toes. This contagious infection may be characterized by itching, burning, or dull pain around the affected areas.
- Jock itch: Also known as tinea cruris, this type of fungal infection typically affected the skin around the groin. This contagious infection may cause itching, flaking, and burning around the affected areas.
How Much Do Treatments for Fungal Infections Cost?
The cost of your fungal infection treatments at Suncoast Skin Solutions is going to vary depending on the type of treatment you choose to receive, the extent of treatment needed to achieve your desired results, and your health insurance coverage. To find out a more accurate cost for your fungal infection treatments, we encourage you to come in for a private consultation with one of our expert staff members.
What Causes Fungal Infections?
Fungal infections are very contagious and can be contracted in a variety of different settings including public pools, nail salons, via sexual activity, or simply by sharing clothing or shoes. This overgrowth of fungus and bacteria spreads rapidly in dark, warm, moist environments, which is why it's most commonly found in places that are typically by shoes, hair, or clothing. You can prevent the contraction and spread of a fungal infection by making sure to wear breathable, protective shoes in public places, and cleaning the skin thoroughly after possible exposure.
What Treatments are Available for Fungal Infections?
The board-certified dermatologists and medical professionals at Suncoast Skin Solutions are proud to offer the following treatments for fungal infections:
- Topical and oral prescription medication
It's important to note that a fungal infection may require up to a six-week course of oral medication to treat. To ensure your entire fungal infection is treated and removed, it is critical to be consistent in taking the prescription medication as instructed for the entire course of the treatment. Stopping medications early may result in the reoccurrence of the fungal infection, which may be less responsive to treatment in the future.