INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE
FUNGUS & YEAST (TINEA)
Fungal infections are very common superficial skin infections that typically result in itchy, red, scaly, ring-shaped rashes. For this reason it has been poorly nicknamed “ringworm.” Commonly affected areas include the feet (“athlete’s foot”), groin (“jock itch”), nails, scalp, and can also occur anywhere on the body or face.
HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS
There are two types of Herpes Simplex viruses.
HSV-1 causes the common cold sore while HSV-2 causes most cases of genital herpes. One can have herpes simplex and not show any signs of the virus, but one can still spread the virus even if they do not have any visible sores.
Molluscum Contagiosum presents as flesh-colored or pink bumps that can appear anywhere on the skin.
One can spread the virus to other parts of their body from scratching or touching the bumps and touching areas of the skin that are not affected.
Herpes zoster which is known as shingles happens when the dormant chickenpox virus becomes active and presents as a painful rash with blisters.
Shingles is more common in older adults and those with weakened immune systems.
Warts (verruca vulgaris) are caused by the human papillomavirus (hpv) and look like hard typically flesh colored piece of skin, but they can be flat and dark. Warts are contagious and are spread by touching the wart. Warts can appear anywhere on ones body including hands, feet, and genitals.
INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW CAN I TREAT FUNGUS & YEAST OVER THE COUNTER?
You can try lamisil or lotrimen creams until you can come in for your consultation.
HOW DO I TREAT MY WARTS?
You can use over the counter salicylic acid preparations. In the office, we will either use liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), VBeam Laser, cautery, or injections. Warts can be resistant to treatment and may need multiple visits.