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10 Things About...Fungus

Written by Anna D. Rinehart
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Clients present high stress regarding the possible signs of fungus growth on their bodies, which can be unsightly and embarrassing. The most common fungus presented is athlete’s foot, also referred as tinea pedis. It presents itself as redness, peeling, itching and burning. This fungus grows in warm, moist environments and is common in the summer. Athlete’s foot is mostly experienced by men and women wearing tight shoes, allowing their feet to become sweaty. The best treatment is antifungal cream, open toe shoes and keeping the toes dry.
In essence, fungus skin reactions can be minor but can also be very stressful. Even though we may be able to clinically identify a fungus reaction on the skin of the scalp, back, feet and/or the face, we must have a physician confirm a medical diagnosis.

10-things-fungusFor example, facial fungus can be easily misdiagnosed as acne. As licensed skin care professionals working in conjunction with the medical arena, we must know that we can assess the condition, document the outward appearance, and take a good intake of information. We are acting within our boundaries of education, license and responsibility to facilitate our clients on any treatments or procedures that may require the attention of a physician.

Anna-D-RinehartAnna D. Rinehart is presently the medical aesthetics coordinator for the Sue Mayborn Women’s Center at the Metroplex Health System in Killeen, Texas. Rinehart is triple educated as a nurse, aesthetician and aesthetic instructor. She has instructed hundreds of physicians, nurses and aestheticians for over the past two decades in the emerging field of medical aesthetics. Rinehart developed a successful thriving practice from Meridian, Miss. to Killeen, Texas. She developed the first Medical Aesthetics Skin Care Program at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas; the first Medical Aesthetics program at Central Texas College through the continuing education department in Killeen, Texas the first Medical Aesthetics Clinical Skin Care Program at the Adventist Health System, Killeen, Texas; the first Medical Aesthetics FACE® Facial Aesthetics Cosmetic Education program in Austin, Texas; developed Acaraya® Clinical Skin Care Products, and serves as an ambassador for the Aestheticians International Association. She is passionate, preserving and a true pioneer for the medical aesthetics specialized field for physicians, nurses and aestheticians.

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