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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Sporotrichosis is a skin infection caused by a fungus. The fungus lives in soil, plants, wood, and garden material. It enters your skin through small cuts caused by thorns, splinters, or other sharp objects.
- Medicines can help treat an infection caused by a fungus.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
- Cover the sore with a loose bandage to protect the wound.
- Apply heat on your sore for 20 to 30 minutes, up to 4 times a day. Heat helps decrease pain and promotes healing.
Prevent another infection:
- Wear long sleeves, pants, shoes, and gloves when you work with plants and soil.
- Wash your hands and any exposed skin with soap and water after you handle plants and soil.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your sores are not better even after you take medicine for 2 weeks.
- Your sores are red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
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