Hair loss related to fungus

by Dr. Neal Blitz

I am 46 years old and live in the City in New York. I am very active and healthy but I noticed I have a fungus on one of my toes. At the same time I noticed this, I also started losing quite a bit of hair. Can the two be related?

Fungus can grow on the nails causing a condition called Onychomycosis. Additionally, fungus can also grow on the scalp, a condition called Tinea Corporis. While fungus can be present on the foot and the scalp, the type of fungus associated with a toenail infection is different than the type of fungus causing the scalp infection. Most common fungus within the toenails is Trichophyton rubrum, whereas the most common fungus on the scalp is Microsporum audouinii. A podiatrist can diagnose and treat your toenail fungus, whereas a dermatologist can evaluate your scalp.



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