Does Skin Fungus Cause
(Yeast Infection, Ringworm, Tinea, Onychomycosis)
The Facts on Fungal Skin or Nail InfectionsThere are two major causes of fungal infections of the skin and nails: yeast and dermatophytes.
Yeast infections of the skin and nails are generally caused by an organism called Candida albicans. This organism normally makes a quiet home for itself on your skin and doesn't bother anyone. We all carry this organism on our skin (and in other places such as our mouth, our gastrointestinal tract (gut), and the vagina).
Occasionally Candida albicans multiplies uncontrollably, causing a yeast infection (also known as candidiasis). Yeast infections of the skin can cause a red, itchy rash that may leak fluid. Yeast nail infections can lead to pain and swelling, and may cause the nail to separate from the finger or toe.
Dermatophytes are fungi that only live in dead tissue, such as your nails and dead skin cells. Dematophyte infections can also be called tinea. Dermatophyte infections of the skin can cause a round, scaly rash that may also have blisters. When dermatophytes infect the nails, the nails become thick, split, become dull, and may fall off.
Fungal skin infections may also be caused by a fungus called Pityrosporum orbiculare. These infections, also called tinea versicolor, lead to scaly patches that vary in colour from white to brown.
Fungal infections may also affect the skin of the feet. This is also known as athlete's foot. For detailed information this condition, see the article on athlete's foot on this website.
Fungal infections may also affect the vagina. This is also known as vaginitis or female yeast infection. For detailed information this condition, see the article on vaginitis on this website.
Causes of Fungal Skin or Nail Infections
You don't catch yeast infections. The yeast is already there. A number of factors can increase the chance of the yeast growing out of control:
- Overuse of antibiotics. Yeast must compete for the right to live on us with various other species, many of them bacteria. These bacteria, which live on the skin and in the intestine and vagina, among other places, are harmless but good at fighting off yeast. When we take antibiotics to deal with less friendly bacteria, we kill off these harmless ones as well. Yeast, which is unaffected by antibiotics, moves into the vacated spots once occupied by bacteria, and starts to grow and multiply.
- Steroids and some cancer medications weaken the immune system and can allow yeast to flourish.
- Obesity, diabetes, and pregnancy also encourage yeast infections. Yeast generally infects intertriginous areas (areas where skin contacts skin). Overweight people have more folds in their skin. They also sweat more, and candida albicans is fond of moist skin. Moist diapers can also provide a good environment for the yeast to grow. People with diabetes have high blood glucose and increased glucose levels in other body secretions, which encourages the growth of yeast. Pregnancy causes temporary weight gain and may temporarily weaken the immune system.
- Having your hands in the water frequently or having a poorly done manicure can increase the risk of yeast nail infections.
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The photo below is Lichen Planas. It is not caused by aids or any sexually transmitted disease.
Lichen planus is a chronic mucocutaneous disease that affects the skin, tongue, and oral mucosa. The disease presents itself in the form of papules, lesions, or rashes. Lichen planus does not involve lichens, the fungus/algae symbionts that often grow on tree trunks; the name refers to the dry and undulating, "lichen-like" appearance of affected skin. It is sometimes associated with certain medications and diseases, but is basically of unknown cause.
They aren't doing the clients a favor2009-04-05 15:39:05 by -------
By doing it if the person has fungus.
Sure it's not their job to be grossed out and if they sterilize the tubs the other clients won't catch it but doing a pedicure on a person with fungus does them no favors:
-Fungus looks for an opening. If the nail tech is trimming the cuticles or using a callus shaver or even pumice little cuts are opened up the fungus can get in to. If they are cleaning under the nails fungus can get in there and cause oncholysis or cleaving of the nail. A person with fungus in just one area could walk away from a pedicure with the fungus spreading and once it gets down under the nails it's hard to cure without Lamisil
What kind of dog?2007-12-20 21:07:16 by frequentrider
If it's a dog that's lower to the ground and his belly is rubbing thus the chaffing, then a dog sweater will help the problem. There's thin ones for summer and thick ones for winter. You also need to HONESTLY evaluate your dog's weight; is he is overweight, that would definitely not help with his belly dragging the ground, among other things. You need to get him on a diet ASAP not just because of his chaffing, but for quality of life, longevity, reduced blood pressure and pressure on his lungs, etc.
Stick your thumbs on the middle of his back and your fingers down the side on his ribs
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