Fungal skin infections in children
Jean Robinson Clinical nurse specialist, Paediatric Dermatology, Barts Health NHS Trust, London
Fungal skin infections have increased in prevalence over the past 30 years. The pathogenic fungi that cause these infections can be classified into dermatophytes and yeasts. Dermatophytes cause infections of keratinised tissue, such as hair, skin and nails. Yeasts can cause superficial infections or more deep-seated infections in people who are immunocompromised. Fungal skin infections are a common problem in children and can be uncomfortable and upsetting. However, the availability of effective treatment options has also increased.
Nursing Standard. 27, 11, 52-58. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.11.27.11.52.c9413Peer review
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