Fungi can be found practically anywhere. They can live on plants, in the dirt, on household surfaces, and just about anywhere in between. While many forms of fungi may be harmless, specific ones can bring about problems in the skin and nails. 

What Are the Symptoms of Fungal Infections?

The symptoms will vary based on the type of infection and the location, but some common signs include: 

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Blisters
  • Irritation
  • Swelling
  • Scaly skin

Common Types of Fungal Infections

Some of the most common fungal infections include athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch, and yeast infections. Nail fungal infections are also quite common and include candida infection, proximal subungual infection, and white superficial infection.

Treatment at Skin Dermatology

Skin Dermatology offers examination and treatment for fungal infections. The first step will be an examination with our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Alissa Lamoureux. She can determine the type of infection and provide you with a treatment plan. She can also offer guidance on how to prevent future infections. Treatments most often include topical creams to apply to the skin.

Nail Fungal Infections

Fungal infections can occur in the fingernails or toenails. These infections often occur due to an overgrowth of fungi in the nail area. Because fungi do best in warm, moist environments, they can easily overpopulate in the nail regions.

Some symptoms of these infections include a change in nail color, brittle or thickened nails, and odor. For treatment, you may be prescribed a topical cream or other antifungal treatments, such as an anti-fungal nail lacquer or a pill.

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Meet Dr. Alissa Lamoureux

Dr. Alissa Lamoureux is the founder of Skin Dermatology. She is a board-certified medical dermatologist who has always been passionate about helping people with their skin. She attended the University of New England and went on to complete two residencies in Florida. During her residency, she earned the titles of chief resident, resident of the year, and resident teacher of the year. She created Skin Dermatology to help patients with both their medical and cosmetic dermatology concerns. Skin Dermatology offers patients a relaxing and comfortable place to receive treatment that doesn’t feel like a traditional doctor’s office. If you’re concerned about a fungal infection, contact Skin Dermatology to schedule an appointment.

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