Fungal Toenails (mycoses),Thrush, Candida, Antifungals
Fungal infections, which are also referred to as mycoses, are an ailment which results from infectious fungi becoming established in the nail bed. Such infections fall under three categories, which are systemic, superficial and subcutaneous. They range from common skin based tinea to yeast infections and systemic candidiasis which has greater severity.
Symptoms can vary widely but in most cases a rash will appear for infections which are superficial. However, mycoses inside the skin may present itself as a lump with skin alterations. If the infection spreads deeper into the body, it might result in meningitis or Pneumonia related symptoms.
The most common fungal infection experienced by humans is Candida, which can appear as vaginal yeast or oral thrush. These infections sometimes appear shortly after taking antibiotics, or when spores are inhaled. They might also enter a person’s body via skin injections, cuts or wounds. Mycoses are most likely to occur in those that have compromised immune systems, particularly those that are suffering from diseases like HIV/AIDs or patients using medications for cancer treatment or steroids.
A diagnosis will typically be made based on the symptoms and signs a person manifests, as well as the culture, microscopy and occasionally a biopsy. Some physicians might also use medical imaging equipment. If the infection is superficial in nature, it might appear as lichen planus or eczema. These can be treated using antifungal medications, which are often sold as creams or oral solutions.
However, if the condition is severe and the fungus has penetrated deep into the body, surgical intervention might be needed to extract the infected tissue. Mycoses are one of the world’s most common ailments and affect more than a billion individuals each year. While most cases aren’t serious, an estimated two million people die each year from the ones which are.
Young children in particular are quite vulnerable to this condition, as are the elderly. The best way to prevent it is to keep skin dry and clean, and maintain impeccable hygiene at all times. Because mycoses are often contagious, those that come into contact with people or animals that have it should wash themselves and their clothes.
Aside from weakened immune systems, other fungal infection risk factors include individuals who are suffering from diabetes and those that frequently use antibiotics. McDaid Pharmacy carries an assortment of antifungal products, which include Curanail, Canesten cream, Daktarin Antifungal Cream, Clove Oil, Antifungal Powder and Lamisil Once Terbinafine Solution. These products are affordable and extensively tested to ensure they meet every medical regulation and guideline.
For information on Fungal Infections or any of our products, please call or email and one of our pharmacists will advise you. We are a fully licensed and registered chemist group in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK.
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