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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.
Call your doctor 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.
- Medicines can help treat an infection caused by a fungus.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her 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 after you handle plants and soil. Use soap and water every time. Rub your soapy hands together, lacing your fingers. Wash the front and back of your hands, and in between your fingers. Use the fingers of one hand to scrub under the fingernails of the other hand. Wash for at least 20 seconds. Rinse with warm, running water for several seconds. Then dry your hands with a clean towel or paper towel.
Follow up with your doctor as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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