The body fungus infection is easily recognized but to confirm the diagnosis the physician will take skin scrapings and look under the microscope. It is essential to identify the fungi because many other conditions can mimic the skin condition and require different treatments.
For a mild infection with only a small amount of skin infected, topical medications can be tried. Most times, the topical medications are not effective as the virus is embedded into the deeper layers of the skin. The two most common topical medications used to treat tinea corporis include:
- Econazole (Spectazole)
- Miconazole (Monistat-Derm)
If the infection is mild, one will see a response in 2-3 weeks.
When the rash is severe and does not respond to topical medications, one may try oral anti fungal drugs such as:
- Itraconazole (Sporanox)
- Fluconazole (Diflucan)
- Terbinafine (Lamisil)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
These medications have to be taken for 2-4 weeks and even longer, depending on the severity of the infection.
Once a body fungus infection has occurred, preventive measures should be undertaken to prevent the spread of the fungus.
Pets: If one has pets, it is important to ensure that the animals are not infected and a visit to the veterinarian is recommended
Sharing: Avoid sharing personal hygiene products and clothes
Wash hands at all times and keep the body dry. If you sweat a lot, changes your clothes often.
Keep the body dry and apply medicated anti fungal powder when the infection is present
Linen: Wash the linen well in hot water and add an antifungal shampoo to the wash
Ringworm infections of the body are difficult to treat and the oral drugs do have side effects. The best treatment is to try and prevent the infection.