Fungal infections can lead to itchy rashes, scaly or flaky skin, red patches, or discolored toenails, among other issues. If you have a fungal infection, the highly skilled team at International Medical Clinics (IMC) in Atlanta can help. Learn more about prescription-strength fungal treatments by booking an evaluation online or by calling the clinic directly to schedule.
What are the symptoms of fungal infections?
Fungal infections lead to a wide variety of issues that affect your skin or nails. Depending on the type of fungal invader that’s taking over, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Red raised bump, a possible sign of ringworm
- Red scaly rash between your toes, as with athlete’s foot
- Discolored, brittle, or thickened nails, which is common with fungal nails
- Irritation, chafing, and burning near your groin or inner thighs, like jock itch
Women can also develop vaginal yeast infections that can lead to itchiness, vaginal odor, and an abnormal vaginal discharge.
Which type of fungal treatment do I need?
When you come in to IMC for your fungal infection evaluation, your dedicated practitioner evaluates your skin and talks with you about your symptoms. They may also gather a sample of skin cells or nail trimmings to send to the lab to determine which type of fungal infection you have.
Depending on the underlying cause of your fungal infection and the severity of your symptoms, your fungal treatment plan may include:
- Medicated nail polish
- Topical antifungal creams
- Oral antifungal medications
- Antifungal vaginal suppositories
- Over-the-counter anti-itch creams or powders
Your practitioner at IMC even counsels you on ways to help your fungal infection heal as quickly as possible. For instance, it’s important to keep the area clean and dry, and to avoid coming into direct contact with others — or sharing towels or shoes — since some fungal infections can spread.
How long does it take for fungal treatments to work?
The goal of your fungal treatment plan from IMC is to, of course, target fungal invaders and help resolve your infection. But your doctor also wants to help you get relief as your skin heals.
Anti-itch creams and powders start working right away to relieve pain, irritation, and itchiness. Other fungal treatments, including prescription antifungal creams and medications, can take several days or weeks to take full effect, depending on the severity of your fungal infection.
Your physician at IMC may have you check in for a follow-up visit after a week or two to ensure your fungal treatment plan is effective.