Keratinomyces is a parasitic fungus belonging to the genus Trichophyton that can infect human skin, hair, and nails. It’s typically present in mould form.
In 1952, keratinomyces was first described by Vanbreuseghem. He isolated it from soil through a technique which consists of placing hair on soil in a Petri dish as ‘bait’ for keratinophilic fungi.
Since that original isolation, the parasitic fungus has been reported many times and is clearly a common inhabitant of soil and of widespread distribution.
Later on in the late 20th century, research conducted worldwide proved that keratinomyces is a dermatophyte that can cause superficial infections of skin, hair, and nails.
Although keratinomyces are generally painless and their symptoms are often barely noticeable, they can sometimes produce chronic progressive eruptions that last months or even years.
Chronic progressive eruptions cause considerable pain, discomfort, and disfiguration.
With that being said, an infection caused by keratinomyces is rarely serious and tends to resolve on its own as long as the fungal growth does not exceed inflammatory response.
Furthermore, the same research also revealed that keratinomyces only spread through direct contact. So unless you come in direct contact with these fungi, you’re safe.
Since keratinomyces can cause several health issues, the symptoms vary depending on the condition we are talking about. However, in the vast majority of cases, it leads to superficial skin infections — which have the following symptoms:
- Itching and stinging
- Bald spots on the scalp
- Red scaly rash that is shaped like a ring
- Yellow or white discoloration of the nails
- Cracking, splitting, and peeling in the toe web spaces
Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that superficial infections can lead to permanent damage to the skin if they’re not treated right away.
Since keratinomyces is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, doctors typically prescribe topical antifungal oral medicines like griseofulvin, ketoconazole, and itraconazole, or topical treatments like nystatin, tolnaftate, and selenium sulfide.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by keratinomyces, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.
You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by keratinomyces?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill keratinomyces is all you need to do.
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For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.