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More about Dermatophytes

what is dermatophyteDermatophytes 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.

These microorganisms can invade the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and cause infection and damage to the living tissue. The most visible damage is inflicted when dermatophytes settle down in the nail bed, where they are well protected by the nail plate, or matrix, the base from which nails grow out of and where they are protected by thick layers of skin. Toenails are infected more often that finger nails due to generally better hygiene.

Where can you get them?

Dermatophytes are transmitted by direct contact with an infected animal or human (skin, hair, fur) and indirectly when contact is made with and infected brush, seat, hat, furniture, bedding, towel, rug, floor or other surface in a public locker room or shower. Injuries to the skin, such as cuts, burns, and especially to the cuticle make a person more susceptible to fungal infections.

How to get rid of Dermatophytes?

This is a question many generations of dermatologists, foot doctors and researchers are trying to answer. Several drugs are effective on direct contact with Dermatophytes. That’s why minor fungal infections on the skin can be successfully treated by prescription topical medication. OTC creams can help only in very mild cases.

Treatment becomes a real challenge when it comes to nail fungus or onychomycosis. The infection is in the matrix and nail bed, where dermatophytes are very hard to reach with topical medication. Oral drugs are more effective but affect other parts of the body. Laser beam can get through the nail plate and destroy the fungus by light and heat. Lasers are quickly becoming the treatment modality of choice for doctors.

How to keep them away

Dermatophytes thrive in warm, moist and dark places like your shoes. Be sure to keep your skin and nails dry and practice the following routines:

  • wash your hands and feet regularly
  • pat them dry
  • do not wear socks for more than one day
  • use gloves when gardening
  • wear comfortable shoes, sandals and open-toed shoes are preferred
  • change and replace your shoes regularly

These simple common sense rules can make a difference in prevention of fungi.If you are susceptible to fungal infections and especially if you just got rid of fungus in your feet or fingers, you should take your preventive regimen to a whole new level. You will need to use a UV shoe sanitizer, antifungal socks and fabrics, special soaps, towels and more – all of which you can purchase in our Products Center.

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