Fungal Infection

Fungal infections are caused by fungi living on dead tissues of the body namely skin, hair and nails. There are different types of fungi causing infections, rashes and other specific symptoms at different sites in the body. They are treated by the use of anti-fungal medication.

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My husband and I have an uncomfortable feeling in our private parts. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, Myself and my husband got a UTI last year as we fail to maintain hygiene after having unprotected sex. We will fall asleep and I will not clean myself fully. I will end up seeing it later in my underwear. We took an antifungal cream. Within few months, the skin on the outside of the priv...  Read Full »

Dr. J. N. Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to UTI (urinary tract infection) is a bacterial infection and antibiotics are taken to treat it. Antifungal creams help in treating fungal infections. Your best friend can have herpes or HIV and you are not sure about it. You shared a drink with her. Usually, HIV (human im...  Read Full »

I have red itchy dry skin on my head. What could be the reason behind that?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some red things on my head accompanied by dry skin, which also feels itchy. What can this be? Kindly advise me on the same. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for the query. It may be due to irritation, allergies, or fungal infections. Maintaining hygiene is essential. Do not use harsh soaps or shampoo, or dyes. Take antihistamines like Cetirizine if you feel too itchy. Consult your dermatologist for further exam...  Read Full »

What is the reason for white coating on the tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, For the last few days, there is a white or yellow coating in the back of my tongue. It has been hurting. My taste buds in the back are swollen and bleed when I use the tongue scraper, which is on my toothbrush. What could this be?  Read Full »

Dr. Rashi Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query. A coated or white tongue occurs when the surface is colonized by bacteria or fungi, and dead cells become trapped between the small nodules on the tongue. From the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), that you have sent m...  Read Full »

Why is the skin in my private part and inner thighs getting dry and peeling off?

Query: Hello doctor, I have skin problems in my private part and the inner part of my thigh. My inner thigh has dry skin that gets peeled and becomes dark. The skin on my penis is white, which is also dry and getting peeled. I need a solution for this. I can attach the image if required. Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have a fungal infection for which I would like to advise, (1) Capsule Itraconazole 100 mg, one in the morning and one at night after food, for 20 days. (2) Ketoconazole 2% cream or lotion to be applied twice a day on the affected area. (3)Tablet Bilastine 20 m...  Read Full »

I have had spots on my inner elbow for the past three months. Can you please help?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old female. My height is 5’6, and I weigh 220.2 lbs. I currently do not take any medication but vitamins. I have had noticeable spots on my inner elbow for the past three months, and I am unsure what caused them. It scares me because I am not sure if it is a serious me...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. This condition is known as Pityriasis Versicolor, a form of superficial fungal skin infection. The color of the lesions can be dark or hyperpigmented, light or hypopigmented, red or erythematous. It can worsen in summers and with sweating...  Read Full »

I have a fungal infection, and I use Lulican cream, antifungal soap, and Salicylic acid lotion. Is it the correct treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a non-severe brown skin fungus on my neck which appeared last summer. It was darker initially and later faded, but I want to remove it. So, I have been using Lulican cream. I was told only to use it at night. I also clean it with an antifungal soap, exfoliate it, and use salicylic ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is an urticarial rash due to excess heat exposure. Avoid known triggers. Maintain a diary and record what things you are allergic to and whatnot. I suggest using the following, 1) Tablet Teczine-M (Levocetirizine and Montelukast) once at night after food for seven days...  Read Full »

Why does my skin infection reappear even after treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been getting repeated skin infections for the last eight to nine months on the back of my thighs. Please suggest medications for permanent resolving skin infections. I have attached a photograph. I had a similar type of infection on the thighs previously, but it was cured two ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through the image attached (attachment removed to preserve the patient's identity). The skin lesion is tinea corporis; it is a fungal infection. You will need at least four to six weeks of antifungal course for permanent clearance. Also, get a liver function tes...  Read Full »

I have a fungal nail infection that recurs despite treatment. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have nail fungus. I was treated with oral Flucoz for four months, but the fungus recurred. What should I do? It started with my toenail. Now, my small nail is affected.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Sir, you need to retake the medicine at least for two months and then see because this treatment takes more time than oral anti-fungal medicine. And along with that, take Tablet Zincovit (multivitamin)1 mg before sleeping for 15 days. Sometim...  Read Full »

Is the white spot on my penis due to a fungal infection or genital wart?

Query: Hello, I had unprotected sex recently, and after that, some white marks and an open wound appeared under the penis head. I am a diabetic and currently under medication for the same. Is this a fungal infection or genital warts? I have attached some photos. Please have a look and let me know.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I saw the pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity) and suggest it is balanitis (inflammation of the foreskin and head of the penis). The cause can be a fungal infection. I suggest you follow the...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for dry patches in the corners of the mouth in a four-year-old?

Query: Hello doctor,My four year old son has a one-inch dry scaly pink (sometimes red) patch next to the corner of his mouth. He is healthy. He uses hypoallergenic sunscreen at his camps. It has been five weeks and it is not getting better. He does not have a history of eczema, etc. It does not itch or hu...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your query and concern. From your description, it seems like your son has either have pityriasis alba, impetigo or cheilitis (perioral dermatitis). Stop all applications and get a review with a picture at the earliest. Revert with more information to a de...  Read Full »

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