Hand Fungus - Symptoms & Therapy

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Hand Fungus - Symptoms & Therapy
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Hand fungus

Hand fungus (tinea manuum) is the superficial acute or often chronic mycosis of one hand, occasionally both hands, caused by dermatophytes (especially Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton interdigitale). Hand fungus is diagnosed based on the typical skin changes and symptoms. Usually a sample of the affected skin is taken and examined in the laboratory.


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How is hand fungus transmitted?

Hand fungus is usually transmitted by a fungal infection (mycosis) on the feet or nails. Entry portals are mechanical damage to the skin, mostly on the respective working or sports hand. Frequent hand washing and the use of certain washing and cleaning agents (detergents), solvents and allergens also play a role. A hand fungus infection can also occur on skin that has been damaged by hand eczema.

How to prevent hand fungus

When washing hands, pH-neutral substances should be used instead of aggressive soap solutions. Keep skin folds at risk as dry as possible. With people suffering from skin fungus, sharing towels, hairbrushes etc. should be avoided if possible. Antifungal agents may be used preventively.

What are the symptoms?

A hand fungus is mainly localized on one side and only spreads to the other hand if it has existed for a long time.

  • Dyshidrotic tinea manuum: begins with itchy blisters in the palms of the hands, on the edges of the hands and / or on the sides of the fingers.
  • Hyperkeratotic-squamous form: occurs more frequently and may begin with vesicles that dry up quickly and develop into round, scaly foci. Or the entire palm of the hand is covered with finely flaky layers along the lines of the skin, like "flour dust". In the further course the entire palm of the hand can be covered with thick scales and be streaked with numerous cracks. This mostly painful condition limits the usability of the hand, which can lead to inability to work. Mycoses on the back of the hand, which is covered with hair follicles, are often round and have an inflamed, sometimes pustular rim.

How is the diagnosis made?

Hand fungus is diagnosed based on the typical skin changes and symptoms. Usually a sample of the infected skin is taken and examined in the laboratory to identify the fungus. In some cases, a so-called Woodlight lamp, which emits UV light of a certain wavelength, is used for diagnosis. In individual cases, a tissue removal (biopsy) followed by a histological examination or further diagnostic procedures are useful.

How is hand fungus treated?

Hand fungus does not usually heal on its own, but must be treated with so-called antimycotics. Usually improvement occurs after a few days. Nevertheless, depending on the type of hand fungus and its severity, a treatment period of at least two weeks is required. In addition to drug treatment (local and possibly systemic), avoiding the causes is important. In particular, the skin should be kept dry in the affected areas and good hygiene should be observed.

Whom can I ask?

If a fungal skin disease is suspected, a dermatologist should be consulted as soon as possible. You may need to be referred to an outpatient clinic for an exact diagnosis. The earlier a fungal disease is diagnosed and treated, the faster and better the healing will take place. However, waiting or self-treatment can make the fungal disease worse. You can find doctors in your area under Search for a doctor.

How are the costs going to be covered?

All necessary and appropriate therapies are covered by the health insurance carriers. Your doctor or the outpatient clinic will generally settle accounts directly with your health insurance provider. However, you may have to pay a deductible with certain health insurance providers (BVAEB, SVS, SVS, BVAEB). However, you can also use a doctor of your choice (ie doctor without a health insurance contract) or a private outpatient clinic.

For more information, see Costs and Deductibles.

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