On 29th October 2020, Dr Koh Hong Yi gave a talk on Fungal infections of the Skin, Hair and Nails to an audience of more than 100 GPs and specialists. This is part of Dr Koh’s contribution to inter-professional education, to share new developments in fungal skin infections with medical colleagues.
Fungal infections of skin, hair and nails are some of the commonest problems seen in the community. While most skin infections can be treated with over-the-counter creams, there is an emerging trend of drug-resistant fungal infections which need newer or more potent medications to be cured. Hair and nail infections, on the other hand, almost always require oral medications to resolve. Delayed treatment may lead to permanent hair loss or nail deformities, respectively.
If you have been managing a fungal infection that is not responding to anti-fungal creams, speak to your doctor if an alternative diagnosis or treatment needs to be considered.