Which doctor treats the fungus - mycologist or dermatologist?

Doctor scans the wart In time, the treatment begun for this unpleasant disease will save you from all sorts of complications and save you money, because costly antifungal drugs should be taken from 2 to 8 months. That's just the name of the doctor who treats the fungus? To which specialist to make an appointment?

A medic who understands all skin problems is a dermatologist . The education that he received allows him to treat skin lesions of the viral and infectious type, dermatitis and eczema, parasitic diseases, all kinds of rashes, inflammations of sweat and sebaceous glands, and, of course, diseases caused by fungal pathogens . The dermatologist is in each out-patient department and dermatovenerologic dispensaries, therefore on the first inspection it is possible to be written down to it. A dermatologist can take care of the treatment, and can give direction to the mycologist.

Mycologist - the same dermatologist, but expressed a desire to delve into specialization and deal only with the treatment of fungal lesions of nails, skin and hair. But only he is not in every policlinic 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 hair treatment, 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 candidiasis of the vagina (milkmaid) - women are best to go to the gynecologist , tk. Firstly, the examination is most correctly performed in the gynecological office. Secondly, the symptoms can speak of other diseases or of a set of problems that the "female doctor" will be better able to cope with.

You can find a dermatological center in Moscow or St. Petersburg under the links:

The competence of mycologists is:

  1. Treatment and prevention of fungal and non-fungal diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Non-infectious include: a change in the coloration of nails and their appearance in general, bruises of nail plates, callousness. Onychomycosis, candidiasis, epidermophytosis, microsporia, trichophytosis are fungal diseases, because they are caused by mold or yeast fungi .
  2. Conducting laboratory research.

So, we found out that a doctor treating a nail fungus is called a mycologist, but a dermatologist will also be able to prescribe the appropriate treatment. It remains only to make an appointment with the mycologist.

In the doctor's office

Inspection of the skin During the first reception, the doctor will ask the mycologist how long problems with skin and nails have appeared, ask him to describe the sensations, ask him about the way of life, and then conduct a visual preliminary examination of the problem areas. However, the external signs of the lesion can not indicate what kind of fungus "lives" on the skin or nail, so the mycologist (dermatologist) will scrape off the dead scales from the nails and skin and send the samples to the laboratory for research. Part of the materials specialists will study under a microscope, and some will be planted in a special nutrient medium. The first study takes several minutes and can only determine whether the fungi caused a defeat. The sowing of the material takes 10-14 days, its results confirm the infection of the nails or skin with a certain kind of fungus.

The second consultation of the mycologist ends with the appointment of drugs that are prescribed based on laboratory test data and the general condition of the patient's body. A dermatologist (mycologist) can appoint:

  • Preparations of oral administration (tablets)
  • Drugs of local effects (ointments, creams)
  • Surgical removal of the nail plate.

Independently to select medicines in some cases it is absolutely senseless: some are developed specially for neutralization of mold fungi, others can only affect yeast fungi. In addition, if this is a repeated nail fungus on the legs, the doctor will prescribe another, previously unused medication. The goal is to prevent the possible adaptation of fungi to a known remedy.

Follow-up visits to the doctor for fungi are necessary for control. The fact is that the treatment of the fungus is a long process. Sometimes the disease fades out in one area, but worsens on the other.

The video will tell in more detail why one should go to a good clinic, what is dangerous is self-medication or a frivolous approach to the case:


  • Olesya :

    Thank you. Useful article, now I know that I need to contact a doctor for a micro.

  • Stephanie :

    I always turn to paid doctors. Just there are less queues, but they know as much as free ones)))

    • Natalia :

      Because both in paid and in free - the same doctors :) In paid they earn money, and in free - the experience.

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