Timely treatment of this unpleasant disease will relieve from all sorts of complications and save finances, because expensive antifungal drugs should be taken from 2 to 8 months. That's just what is the name of the doctor who treats the fungus? What specialist to make an appointment for?
A doctor who can deal with all skin problems is a dermatologist . The education he received allows him to treat skin lesions of the viral and infectious type, dermatitis and eczema, parasitic diseases, all sorts of rashes, inflammations of the sweat and sebaceous glands, and, of course, diseases caused by fungal pathogens . There is a dermatologist in every clinic and dermatovenerologic dispensary, so the first examination can be recorded exactly to him. A dermatologist may take up treatment, and may give direction to a mycologist.
Mycologist is the same dermatologist, but he has expressed a desire to delve into the specialization and deal only with the treatment of fungal infections of the nails, skin and hair. But he is far from being in every clinic and not even in every city.
By the way, if you have problems only with hair, and you do not know exactly what kind of disease it is, it makes sense to make an appointment with a trichologist . This is a doctor specializing in the treatment of hair, he will cope well with any diseases of the scalp, including various fungi and lichen. Again, it is not always possible to find such a specialist in your city.
It is worth adding that with vaginal candidiasis (thrush) - women are best to contact a gynecologist , because First, it is more correct to conduct an examination in a gynecological office. Secondly, the symptoms may speak about other diseases or about a complex of problems with which the “female doctor” will cope better.
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The competence of mycologists includes:
- Treatment and prevention of fungal and non-fungal diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Non-fungal include: discoloration of the nails and their appearance as a whole, bruises on the nail plates, callus. Onychomycosis, candidiasis, athlete's disease, microsporia, trichophytosis are diseases of a fungal nature, because they are caused by mold or yeast fungi .
- Conducting laboratory studies.
So, we found out that the doctor treating the nail fungus is called a mycologist, but the dermatologist will also be able to prescribe the appropriate treatment. It remains only to make an appointment with mycologist.
In the doctor's office
During the first visit, the doctor mycologist will surely ask how long the problems with the skin and nails have appeared, ask you to describe the sensations experienced, take an interest in the way of life, and then conduct a visual preliminary examination of the problem areas. However, the external signs of a lesion cannot indicate what kind of fungus “lives” on the skin or nail, so the mycologist (dermatologist) will scrape away the dead scales from the nails and skin and send the samples to the laboratory for research. Specialists will study a part of materials under a microscope, and a part will be planted in a special nutrient medium. The first study takes a few minutes and only makes it possible to determine if the fungi have exactly caused the damage. Sowing material takes 10-14 days, its results confirm infection of the nail or skin with a certain type of fungus.
The second consultation of the mycologist ends with the prescription of drugs, which are discharged on the basis of data from laboratory tests and the general condition of the patient. A dermatologist (mycologist) may prescribe:
- Oral preparations (tablets)
- Local preparations (ointments, creams)
- Surgical removal of the nail plate.
Self-select drugs in some cases completely pointless: some are designed specifically to neutralize mold fungi, others can only affect yeast fungi. In addition, if it is a repeated nail fungus on the legs, the doctor will prescribe another, previously unused drug. The goal is to prevent possible adaptation of the fungi to a known agent.
Subsequent visits to the doctor for fungi are necessary for control. The fact is that the treatment of a fungus is a long process. Sometimes the disease fades in one area, but it is exacerbated in another.
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