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  1. KOH (Potassium Hydroxide) Preparation

    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 ...

  2. Fungal Nail Infections - Medications

    Learn about antifungal medication, which is standard treatment for a fungal nail infection.

  3. Surgical Nail Removal for Fungal Nail Infections

    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.

  4. Azoles for Ringworm

    Drug details for Azoles for ringworm of the skin.

  5. Fungal Nail Infections - Other Treatment

    Nonsurgical nail removal may be used to treat severe or recurring fungal nail infections. A urea ointment is applied to the nail, which softens and dissolves it so that it can be easily removed.

  6. Psoriasis - Symptoms

    The classic symptoms of psoriasis are raised, red patches of skin topped with loose, silvery scales, usually on the knees or elbows.

  7. Athlete's Foot - Exams and Tests

    In most cases, your health professional can diagnose athlete's foot (tinea pedis) by looking at your foot.

  8. Acne - Cause

    There are different types of acne. The most common acne is the type that develops during the teen years. Puberty causes hormone levels to rise, especially testosterone.

  9. Ringworm of the Skin - Prevention

    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.

  10. Ringworm of the Skin - Symptoms

    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.

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