The KOH (potassium hydroxide) preparation is used to determine whether a fungal infection is present on the skin.A sample of skin is taken by lightly scraping the infected area.The skin sample is placed on a slide with KOH solution and gently heated. This solution slowly dissolves the skin cells but not the fungus cells. The fungus cells can then be seen with a microscope. Color stains may be ...
Surgical nail removal can be done for severe or returning fungal nail infections. The entire nail (avulsion) or only part of the nail (debridement) can be removed. Surgical nail removal can be done in a clinic or your health professional's office.
To prevent ringworm of the skin: Keep your skin clean and dry. Change your socks and underwear at least once a day. Wear loose - fitting cotton clothing. Avoid tight underwear, pants, and panty hose. Always dry yourself completely after showers or baths.
Most ringworm infections cause a rash that may be peeling, cracking, scaling, itching, red, or have bumps on the edges that look like blisters. See an illustration of a typical ringworm skin rash. Symptoms of ringworm of the body include a rash.