WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Sporotrichosis is a skin infection. People who work with plants and soil are most likely to catch it. The infection usually begins as a skin bump that looks like an insect bite. Other bumps may appear in a few days or weeks. The bumps may grow and turn into boils that break open. With medicine, the infection may be gone within 1 to 6 months. Sporotrichosis is caused by a fungus. The fungus lives in soil and on plants, rotting garden material, and wood. The fungus enters your skin through small cuts caused by thorns, splinters, or other sharp objects.
- Always take your medicine as directed by caregivers. If you think it is not helping or if you feel you are having side effects, call your caregiver. Do not quit taking it until you discuss it with your caregiver.
- Keep a written list of what medicines you are taking and when you take them. Bring the list of your medicines or the pill bottles when you see your caregivers. Learn why you take each medicine. Ask your caregiver for information about your medicines.
- If you are taking antibiotics, take them until they are all gone. Take them even if you feel better.
- Cover the sore with a loose-fitting bandage to protect the wound.
- To speed healing, place a warm, wet cloth or warm heating pad (set on low) on the sore for 20 to 30 minutes. Do this 2 to 4 times a day.
- When working with plants and soil, wear gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and shoes.
- Do not let sphagnum moss come into contact with your skin.
- Wash your hands, arms, and other exposed skin areas with soap and water after handling plants and soil.
CONTACT A CAREGIVER IF:
- You have a fever.
- You have new symptoms during treatment, such as a cough, weight loss, joint pain, or swelling.
- Your skin sores are reddened, painful, or have pus coming from them. These signs may mean you have an infection.
- Your skin sores are not better after taking medicine for 2 weeks.
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