Fungal Infections

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Pityriasis Versicolour

A common superficial fungal infection of the skin, that is common in warm and humid environments like Singapore. Numerous skin patches that may take on different hues from pink to brown or almost white. Mildly itchy, it can be cosmetically displeasing and most commonly involves the trunk, back and abdominal areas. A normal skin flora known as Malassezia furfur causes the skin manifestation of pityriasis versicolour.

The treatment involves application of topical antifungals for mild cases, and oral antifungal therapy for more severe cases. It’s a condition with a high recurrence rate, and some patients may benefit from therapy on an intermittent basis to prevent recurrence.

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Fungal Toenail Infection

An unsightly toenail can cause social embarrassment. It is more than just a cosmetic concern; it is an infection that can spread to other toes, distant parts of the body and to the people. Fungal toenail infections are common, especially with advancing age, diabetes and nail injury. The nail may have a yellow discolouration, crumbly edges, and may even separate from the nailbed.

The various treatment options such as topical and oral antifungals have a modest benefit in patients. However, if you are not keen on consuming medication or an unsuitable candidate for medication, laser treatment is an alternative to consider. Laser of a suitable wavelength is used to reach and heat the affected area, the high temperature will result in fungal cell damage and death. As Laser treatment does not require any ingestion of oral medications, it eliminates the risk of potential allergies, drug interactions and drug related side effects.

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