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Pediatric Fungal Infections

What are fungal infections?

Skin fungi live in the top layer of skin cells in moist areas of the body, such as between the toes or in the groin and diaper area. Sometimes, the normal balances that keep fungi in check are upset, resulting in an infection.

Some fungal infections cause only a small amount of irritation, while other types penetrate deeper and can cause itching, swelling, blistering or scaling.

In some cases, fungal infections can cause reactions elsewhere on the body. A child can develop a rash on the finger or hand associated with an infection of the scalp or foot, for instance.

There are many types of fungal skin infections that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Those listed below are the most common.

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    Dermatology

    The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.