What is it
Cutaneous mycoses or skin fungus are infections caused by fungi that have developed the capacity to feed on keratin, the principal protein in the horny layer of the skin (the stratum corneum), in the nails of the fingers and toes, and in the hair of the head and body.
For this reason, they are called keratinophilic fungi or, more simply, dermatophytes.
More generically, cutaneous mycosis is called ringworm or the latin tinea (mycosis of the scalp is called tinea capitis, mycosis of the body tinea corporis, mycosis of the leg tinea cruris, and so on).
The parasitic fungi of the skin may come from the ground (geophilic), an animal (zoophilic) or another human being (anthropophilic).
Tinea capitis has become rare, but tinea corporis is frequent and mainly spread by infected cats and dogs.
It is easy to recognise because the itchy erythema caused by the fungus is ring-shaped.
What to do
It can be treated by both oral and topical antifungal drugs.
When it is not wanted or not possible to use drugs, an alternative is 2S CREAM.
Sulfur and salicylic acid both have antifungal activity, and each is potentiated by the other. The main advantage of 2S CREAM is that its active ingredients promote the desquamation (or flaking) of the skin, thus removing the infected stratum corneum, and penetrates the hair follicles more effectively than normal creams – two characteristics that lead to more rapid healing.