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Dermatophytes and Fungal Infections Among Athletes

Joseph Bikowski, MD Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Image: Filamentous Fungi (Dermatophytes) / MicrobeLibrary.org Dermatophytoses are prevalent, prompting well over four million physician visits annually in the US.1 In the general population of the US, data suggest that onychomycosis is most common (23.2 percent of all dermatophytoses), followed […]

More about Dermatophytes

Dermatophytes are parasitic fungi that cause skin, hair and nail  infections. Vividly portrayed by Digger the Dermatophyte in Lamisil commercials, these fungal spores look more like the ones in the picture to the left. Dermatophytes are classified into three groups of fungus: Microsporum, Epidermophyton and Trichophyton. Each consists of about 40 known species of fungi. […]

Beer Soak for Fungus. You Cannot Be Serious!

Wow! Internet is a wonderful thing. Just got a big laugh out of it: beer soak as a homeopathic remedy for nail fungus. Wow! I have to give these guys a credit for publishing (quite seriously) the most ridiculous treatment method to get rid of a fungal infection. The article starts out with the standard […]

Ick! Toenail Fungus!

By Richard Miller Nail’n’Toe Founder Group Ick! This is the normal reaction to the fungal toenail picture. Most people don’t want their toenails to look like this. The truth is: this is a picture of a moderately severe case. Discoloration, thickness, flaking, peeling… but not too bad! A dermatophyte is a type of fungus which […]

Comprehensive Therapy for a Complex Disorder

Toenail and finger nail infections are typically caused by dermatophytes, a group of fungi that get into the nail bed and thrive off the nail slowly turning it into a disfigured and ugly looking claw. Yeasts and molds can also be responsible for nail infections. Several types of fungal infections have been identified by medical […]

Athletes Foot and Nail Fungus

Among the most common, and in all probability most widely known fungal foot infections is Athletes Foot. It is characterized by a redness of your skin and itchiness, which can often be quite excruciating. If you suffer from Athletes Foot you also have a 30% chance of getting another nasty fungal infection – a fungal […]

Why Medication Did Not Work

Terbinafine is perceived to be the best anti-fungal agent. Although the drug is demonstrably the most effective agent in dermatophyte onychomycosis a consistent failure rate of 30–40% is found in most studies. If the most obvious causes of treatment failure, notably poor compliance, poor absorption, imunosuppression, dermatophyte resistance and zero nail growth are excluded, the […]

Onychomycosis Defined

Onychomycosis is an infection of the nail by opportunistic fungi that include dermatophytes, nondermatophyte moulds and yeasts (mainly Candida species). The toenails are affected in 80% of all cases of onychomycosis; dermatophyte infection, mostly due to Trichophyton rubrum, is the cause in over 90% of cases (See the slide show). Onychomycosis is classified clinically as […]

Curious About Testing for Onychomycosis?

The clinical features of onychomycosis may mimic a large number of other nail disorders. Therefore, laboratory diagnosis of onychomycosis must be confirmed before beginning a treatment regimen. A negative mycological result does not rule out onychomycosis, because direct microscopy may be negative in up to 10% of cases and culture in up to 30% of […]

More About Onychomycosis

This post provides an abbreviated version of several publications by Antonella Tosti, MD, Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Bologna, Italy; Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, Miller Medical School, University of Miami, Florida. Onychomycosis (OM) refers to a fungal infection that affects the toenails or the fingernails. Onychomycosis may involve any component of the […]