How your dermatologist in West Seneca, NY, can help your fungus issue
Do you have a red, itchy rash that just won’t go away? If so, you might have a fungal infection. Fortunately, your dermatologist can help clear up this issue so that you can find relief from its annoying, uncomfortable symptoms.
Here at the office of Dr. Mazin Dhafir in West Seneca, NY, we offer a wide variety of dermatological treatments, including those that help with rashes caused by a fungal infection—read on to learn more.
Some of the most common fungal infections include athlete’s foot, a yeast infection, or ringworm. You might have a fungal infection if your skin is:
- Red or irritated
- Itchy or scaly
- Blistered or swollen
- Peeling or cracking
Fungi thrive in moist, warm areas like public pools, gym facilities, and locker rooms. You can also pick up a fungus from sharing towels, socks, shoes, or other items with another person who has a fungal infection.
Fungal infections are common in areas of your body that are warm, moist, and have creases, like your armpits or groin. People who are obese or are diabetic are also at higher risk for a fungal infection.
If you think you might have a fungal infection of your skin, you can try an over-the-counter anti-fungal topical medication applied to your skin. Some of the most common antifungal treatments available over-the-counter include:
- Clotrimazole, also known as Lotrimin or Mycelex
- Miconazole, also known as Micatin or Monistat
- Terbinafine, also known as Lamisil
For a severe fungal infection that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications, it’s best to visit your dermatologist. During an appointment, a prescription oral and/or topical anti-fungal medication may be recommended. In addition, your dermatologist may recommend these treatments to reduce your symptoms:
- Oral steroid medications to reduce itching
- Cortisone or antibiotic creams to reduce swelling and prevent infection
- Prescription-strength oral and topical antihistamine medications to reduce itching
If you have a fungal infection, you can find help to relieve the unpleasant symptoms and clear up your skin. To learn more about fungal skin infections, rashes, and treatments in general, call Dr. Mazin Dhafir in West Seneca, NY, at (716) 674-1180.