Fungal Skin

Fungal Skin

A fungal skin infection is a common but not so serious condition if treated well. A person with a weak immune system can be prone to this condition. Some treatments for diseases such as cancer and diabetes may also lead to a fungal skin infection. An anti fungal cream can be used to treat this.


  • Common skin condition that can affect both adults and children
  • Can affect different parts of the body


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Description

A fungal skin infection is usually not serious and can be treated easily with an antifungal cream. A fungus lives on human skin. Some are harmful and some are helpful. Under certain conditions, when the harmful fungi multiply, they can cause infections. These fungal skin infections are very common conditions. They include yeast infections, jock itch, ringworm, and athlete’s foot.


Yeast Infections

Yeast infections are common in females. A common form of yeast germ known as candida over grows and is known as vaginal yeast infection. This disrupts the normal balance of the yeast and bacteria in the vagina.


Some of the symptoms associated with a yeast infection include:


  • Burning sensation
  • Pain around the vagina
  • Itching and swelling around the vagina
  • Soreness and redness on and around the vagina
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Rash


Jock Itch

Jock Itch fungal skin infection is commonly known as Tinea Cruris. This fungus mostly affects the moist areas of the body such as buttocks, groin, and inner thighs. It is contagious and often spreads through direct contact with an infected person.


Some of the symptoms associated with a Jock Itch infection include:


  • Irritation and itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Redness in the infected area
  • Rash with raised edges
  • Dry peeling of the skin


Ringworm

Ringworm is a fungal skin infection. It is also known as Tinea Corporis. This infection is caused by a fungus that lives on dead tissues. Ringworm can cause jock itch as well as athlete’s foot. When it appears anywhere else in the body, the infection is known as ringworm. It is highly contagious.


Some of the symptoms associated with ringworm infection include:


  • Shape of the ringworm
  • Red raised patch of the skin
  • The outside of the ring is red and raised
  • The inside of the ring is usually clear


Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is also known as Tinea Pedis. It affects the foot and is commonly associated with sports. This fungus grows in warm, moist environments such as socks, shoes, sports equipment, etc. Anyone may be affected by athlete’s foot.


Some of the symptoms associated with an athlete’s foot infection include:


  • Blisters
  • Redness on the infected area
  • Skin may become soft
  • Layers may start to break down
  • Peeling of the skin
  • Itching
  • Burning sensation

Causes

Yeast Infection

Various reasons for a yeast infection could be:


  • Stress
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Antibiotics
  • Poor eating habits


Jock Itch

Various reasons for a jock itch infection could be:


  • Tight clothes
  • Undergarments which do not absorb sweat
  • Moist areas in the body
  • Infections


Ringworm

Various reasons for a ringworm infection could be:


  • Contact with an infected person or pet (such as dogs)
  • Use of towels, clothes, and brushes of an infected person
  • Soil and mud may also cause ringworm


Athlete’s Foot

Various reasons for an athlete’s foot infection could be:


  • Direct contact with an infected person
  • Touching surfaces contaminated with the fungus
  • Moist parts of the body
  • Public showers, swimming pools
  • Sharing of towels


Types Of Treatment

A fungal skin infection, be it yeast infection, jock itch, ringworm, or athlete’s foot, all should be treated immediately before the symptoms become severe. Standard treatments include creams, tablets, or suppositories. However, some complicated or severe infections may require other treatments.


These infections can be avoided by wearing loose-fitting clothes, balanced diet, proper self-hygiene, and washing undergarments in warm water.



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Questions & Answers

Are fungal skin infections harmful?

NO. They are not serious and can be treated with anti fungal creams.


Is a fungal skin infection serious?

NO. A fungal skin infection is not serious but may need immediate medical treatment, as it might spread.


What are the different types of fungal skin infections?

Yeast infection, jock itch, ringworm, and athlete’s foot.


What is the basic remedy to prevent a fungal skin infection?

Proper hygiene is the most important things. It can prevent a fungal skin infection.



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