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What to do about fungal infections – Consumer Reports

What to do about fungal infections – Consumer Reports

These infections can be minor or serious. Here’s how to treat them.

Fungal infections may call to mind itchy rashes, such as athlete’s foot. But the fungi normally found in soil and on plants, trees, skin, and more can cause a wide variety of infections. Some are surprisingly difficult to determine; others can be deadly serious. Here’s what to know about fungus and your health.

Fungus Can Affect Skin and Nails

Fungal infections of the skin and nails are common but sometimes misdiagnosed. About half of people with suspected nail fungus, which is marked by discolored, thick, and ragged toenails, don’t actually have it. And a recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that only about half of dermatologists could identify a skin fungal infection by sight.

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