Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Tinea Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
Tinea, also known as ringworm, is a fungal infection that affects the skin. Tinea can affect any part of the body but is commonly found on the scalp, feet, and groin. Clear Lake Dermatology offers tinea treatments to all patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area.
Ringworm is characterized by scaly patches of skin that sometimes become red and inflamed. They may also ooze fluid, blister, and scab over. The name ringworm is derived from the circular red patches that are very dark on the outside and gradually become lighter toward the inside. This patch gives the appearance of a ring, hence the name “ringworm”; despite the “worm” part of the name, no worm or parasite is involved in this condition.
Tinea on the scalp is normally noticed when patches of hair begin falling out and may be accompanied by scabs or scaliness on the scalp. Ringworm can also affect the fingernails and toenails, and when this happens the nail bed may separate, crack, and peel; in severe cases, nails may even fall off.
Tinea is a contagious disease that can easily be transmitted to others. One of the most common ways is through wet floors in public locker rooms. It can also be spread through touch or by the sharing of common items. Treating this condition is very important to keep from spreading it to family members. People with tinea of the fingernails may need to keep them covered to prevent the spread of this fungus while treatment is ongoing. Good hygiene plays an important role in alleviating tinea, as the affected area must be kept clean and dry. In some cases, an over-the-counter ointment can be effective in treating this condition. If tinea does not respond to one of these treatments, a prescription-strength medication might be needed to clear up the fungal infection. Should the infection be recurring, our doctors may need to prescribe pills because this likely means the fungus has infected a patient’s bloodstream.