Fairly common fungal skin infections like athlete’s foot, yeast infections, ringworm and jock itch can be bothersome. Caused by a microscopic fungus, they can be contagious. However, they are easily treatable.
How Are Skin Infections Spread?
Many skin fungal infections are contagious through direct contact and can also be spread in locker rooms, swimming pools, and other moist environments. Be sure to keep the infected area clean and dry since the fungi thrive in warm, damp areas, and avoid sharing personal items such as towels. Wearing shoes while in public showers can help to prevent exposure.
When to See a Dermatology Professional
Many fungal skin infections can be cleared up with anti-fungal creams or medications. However, if over-the-counter creams have not provided you with relief, or if the infection is cracked, oozing or bleeding, it may be time to schedule an appointment for a professional dermatological consultation. Be sure to also follow your doctor’s instructions, even after the symptoms have cleared, since infection can return.
Schedule an appointment today with your Radiant Complexions skin care expert for recommendations about the best treatment options available for you.