Fungal Infections

Infections have a variety of causes and effects as well as treatments and preventative measures. If your infection is fungal, it’s caused by an organism that is neither plant nor animal, the spores of which are most commonly found in soil or air. Symptoms of fungal infections can sometimes mimic those which are bacterial or viral, so it’s important to seek expert advice for a correct diagnosis so that you can receive appropriate treatment.

Fungal infections occur when fungi enter your tissues and multiply. Since fungal spores are usually found in soil and air, their most common point of entry is through your skin or lungs. This is where fungal infections typically begin, sometimes spreading to other areas of the body. Fungal infections can occur anywhere, from your feet (Tinea Pedis, or Athlete’s Foot) to your head (Tinea Capitis, or scalp ringworm).

If you have a healthy immune system, your body has a built-in resistance to fungi thanks to skin and mucus barriers. However, if your immune system is compromised and the fungus is able to multiply, this can result in tissue destruction. If an invasive infection is allowed to spread unchecked, it may even result in death.

Fortunately most fungal infections respond to treatment, so see a doctor if you have symptoms that can include itching, burning, redness, rash as well as skin changes, such as flaking and peeling.

Prevention of fungal infections involves avoiding infection sources as well as ensuring that your body is an inhospitable host. Wear protective clothing, such as gardening gloves, and boost your immune system with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Since fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, ensure that the fabric against your skin stays dry and clean.

Fungal infections can be treated with medication, usually in the form of a topical solution such as lotion or ointment. If you have a more serious infection, there are oral and injectable medication options available. Seek medical care to ensure that your infection is controlled. The Ocala Infectious Disease & Wound Center has the expertise necessary to assist you with diagnosis, treatment and recovery.


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Prevent Diabetic Ulcers from Developing

Prevent Diabetic UlcersDid you know that nearly 30-million Americans are living with diabetes? Type II diabetes has become the most common of the disease. There are 1.7-million Americans who are diagnosed each year with diabetes.  Although the disease is not curable it can be managed over time. It’s important that those living with diabetes make adjustments to their lifestyle to avoid the risks of complications from the disease. One of the many complications that can occur is diabetic ulcers on your feet and legs. Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Center located in Ocala, Florida has a few tips to help you avoid the risk of developing diabetic ulcers.

Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which a person has high glucose levels, either because there is inadequate amount of insulin in the body, because cells in the body are failing to respond correctly to the insulin being produced, or both. In order for diabetics to take control of the disease they will have to change many of their day-to-day activities such as, eating certain foods.

An estimated 15 percent of diabetic patients in the United States will develop a diabetic ulcer, commonly located at the bottom of the foot. Leg ulcerations are approximately 1% to 2%, and are slightly more likely to be developed by older diabetic patients. The nerve and blood vessel damage caused by diabetes leads to patients facing more problems with their feet. Your feet are more susceptible to develop diabetic ulcers because they take more of a beating from day-to-day activities.  Amputations of the lower extremity in the United States are preceded by foot ulcers.

Diabetic foot ulcers can be prevented by taking the following steps:

  • Check your feet daily for signs of sores. Since most diabetics lose feeling of their hands and feet, which makes it hard to feel pain and know if injury has occurred.
  • Keep your feet dry. Moisture retained in between your toes can cause the skin to breakdown.
  • Invest in proper footwear and socks. Avoid tight socks, pointy shoes and high heels.  A podiatrist can work with you to have shoes custom fitted for your needs.
  • Keep your feet from moisturized to avoid cracking by applying foot cream regularly.
  • Treat foot problems promptly. See your doctor as soon as you notice any open sores or experience a foot injury. Use a triple antibiotic cream on the sore immediately and cover the wound with light gauze.

Diabetic wounds can lead to complications quickly, especially foot wounds.  The key part of avoiding diabetic ulcers is early detection. Diabetic foot ulcers are responsible for more hospitalizations than any other complication of the disease.

If you or someone you know develops a diabetic ulcer, seek treatment immediately. The experienced and compassionate medical professionals at Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Center are available to heal your wounds. Learn more about treatment, or schedule an appointment by calling (352)401-7552.