Superficial fungal infections are some of the most prevalent diseases across the world. This course explores the epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of the most common superficial fungal infections globally. This course also talks about the rapid spread of drug-resistant dermatophytes and how to mitigate its effects.
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Overview: Superficial fungal infections, also known as dermatomycoses, are common infections that estimated to affect around 1 billion people worldwide. These infections most frequently affect the skin, hair, and nails of humans. They are caused by 3 main groups of fungi: dermatophytes, non-dermatophyte mold, and yeasts.
In most cases, the diagnosis can be found-based on clinical characteristics. Mycological examination may be necessary for a few cases before starting antifungal treatment. This course will explore the clinical features and diagnostic tools to help distinguish dermatomycoses from similar-appearing diseases. This course will also explore the standard treatment regimen for superficial fungal infections.
Lastly, we will discuss the rapidly emerging problem of antifungal resistance in dermatophytes and what can be done to mitigate its effects.
Course duration: Approximately 3.5 hours.
Certificates: A Certificate of Achievement will be issued to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessment. Participants who receive a certificate of achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.