Gene is linked to deadly runaway fungal infection

Jean-Laurent Casanova, head of the Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases, and colleagues at Necker Medical School in Paris have discovered a genetic deficiency that in rare cases allows the dermatophyte fungus, which causes ringworm, to spread below the skin’s surface and onto the lymph nodes, bones, digestive tract and even the brain. More »
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Tinea capitis, also called scalp ringworm, is a fungal infection. People may sometimes confuse it with other scalp conditions. Learn about its causes, symptoms, and treatments here.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Source Type: news
Dermatophytes cause superficial fungal infections that pose public health problem to man and animals. Long term treatment with antifungal agents is required to control these infections. Various parts of Azadirachta indica are claimed to have significant medicinal value in treatment of infections especially ringworm. To determine the antifungal activity of the oil and fractions against dermat...
Source: African Journal of Microbiology Research - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Discussion Superficial fungal infections are very common. “Dermatophytes are molds that can invade the stratum corneum of the skin or other keratinized tissues derived from the epidermis, such as hair and nails. Organisms most commonly affect the scalp, feet, groin and nails.” Dermatophytes can be anthropophilic (human to human transmission), zoophilic (animal to human transmission) or geophilic (fomite to human transmission). Zoophilic dermatophytes are usually uncommon sources of human infection. Microsporum canis is the most common zoophilic dermatophyte and it can infect humans with close contact but this...
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-- Ringworm is a fungal infection that gets its name from the red circular rash that develops. The inside of the ring typically is clear or scaly. People who use public lockers and showers, athletes and people with weak immune systems are especially...
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Red, itchy and inflamed skin is a well-known symptom of what's generally called eczema. While there are a variety of conditions described in this way, the most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Occasionally, complications develop and the skin becomes infected. When this happens, there are a number of treatment options available. Consult your doctor or medical practitioner if you have any questions regarding your eczema treatment plan, but in the meantime, here are some things you'll want to know about the condition. When eczema becomes infected, there are a variety of treatments.  What causes an ec...
Source: Advanced Tissue - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Wound Care Wound Infection Source Type: news
Abstract Dermatophytes are a highly specialized group of keratinophilic and keratinolytic filamentous fungi causing a ringworm disease called dermatophytosis or superficial mycoses. Although dermatophyte infections do not threaten the host's life, they lower its quality in humans by causing discomfort related to cosmetic problems and through their epidemiological significance, whereas in farm animals they are responsible for economic losses and constitute a source of the spread of spores. Evidence from countless observational studies that have been conducted over the last 90 years indicates that dermatophyt...
Source: Journal of Medical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: J Med Microbiol Source Type: research
Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes a distinctive raised rash. Babies are particularly prone to ringworm because they are often in close contact with others. Learn more about ringworm in babies here.
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Athlete's foot?(tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes. Athlete's foot is closely related to other fungal infections such as ringworm and jock itch. It can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications, but the infection [...]
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Tinea capitis is a cutaneous fungal infection common among 3 to 7  year old children but it is rare in the first year of life.
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Tinea capitis is a common fungal infection of the hair of the scalp affecting predominately prepubertal children. In the US, griseofulvin has been considered a first-line therapy agent for tinea capitis since the 1960s. However, it has been falling out of favor due to significant treatment failure, high cost, and long duration of treatment. Other antifungal agents have been researched as an alternative to griseofulvin. This paper will review the relevant pharmacologic properties, dosing, cost, efficacy, and adverse events profile for griseofulvin, terbinafine, itraconazole, fluconazole, and some adjuvant therapy options su...
Source: Skin Appendage Disorders - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
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