Have You Ever Heard or Experienced Fungal Skin Infections?

Fungal Skin Infections
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If you have ever experienced fungal skin infection before, there is no need to be embarrassed. In fact, fungal skin infections, e.g. Athlete’s foot, Jock itch, Ringworm and Yeast infection are considered to be very common among people. Approximately 10 – 20% of the people around the world are experiencing fungal skin infections. If you are currently experiencing a fungal skin infection, and you are reading this article with hope to find the answer to what causes it and how it is treated, there is no need to worry! We will share all the needed details about fungal skin infection. You just need to sit down, relax and read patiently!

What causes fungal skin infections and which areas are most commonly affected?

If you have ever experienced fungal skin infection, you can blame the fungus! These common skin conditions are caused by different types of fungus.

Athlete’s foot is caused by at least four types of fungus that live in the dead skin cells of the toenails, hair, and other tissues. However, the most common type of fungus which is responsi-ble for causing Athlete’s foot is the type known as Trichophyton rubrum. Athlete’s foot most commonly occurs after walking barefoot on contaminated floors, e.g. saunas, swimming pools, locker rooms and among people who wear tight shoes. The areas between the toes are consi-dered to be the most commonly affected area of the body. However, Athlete’s foot can spread to other areas as well.

Jock itch is caused by a type of fungus known as tinea. Tinea usually affects the inner thighs, genitals, and buttocks.

Ringworm is also caused by a type of fungus and most usually occurs in areas of the body which are exposed, e.g. arms, legs or face, but it can also affect other areas, e.g. the scalp and groin.

And at last, the Yeast infection, which is most commonly known of, is caused by a type of fungus known as Candida. Yeast infections can affect any surface of the body, but most commonly affected areas are the armpits and the groin.

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms depend on the type of fungus that is responsible for causing the infection, as well as, the area which is affected. Some fungus infections cause skin rashes with visible redness and itching, while another cause scale of the skin, similar to a condition known as dry skin. However, it is essential to get informed about the potential side effects, especially if you have a medical history of fungal skin infections. That way you will be able to notice their presence and schedule an appointment with your doctor.

1. Athlete’s Foot Symptoms

Athletes Foot Symptoms
  • Peeling/scaling of the skin
  • Visible redness and present blisters on the affected area
  • Itching/burning* of the affected area

2. Jock Itch

  • Itching/burning* of the affected area
  • A characteristic circular, red rash
  • Redness of the affected area
  • Peeling/cracking of the skin

3. Ringworm

  • Redness of the affected area
  • Itching/flaking of the affected area
  • A characteristic patch that looks like a ring as the infection grows

4. Yeast Infection

  • Itching/burning* of the skin
  • Presence of bumps on the skin
  • Skin rash

How are Fungal Skin Infections Diagnosed?

The doctor will ask you about your medical history and perform a complete physical exam, ex-amining the affected area and the visible symptoms. According to the area which is affected and the present symptoms, the doctor will determine the type of fungal skin infection present. After the physical exam, the doctor can scrape skin cell from the affected areas for further la-boratory exams.

Skin Infections Diagnosed

Are Fungal Skin Infections Treatable?

Do not worry, fungal infections are highly treatable once diagnosed. There is a variety of topical medications – medications which are put directly on the skin, in different forms – gels, creams, lotions, shampoos and etc. Remember to inform the doctor about any allergic reactions to any kind of medications. This is important because the medication that the doctor will prescribe you may contain inactive substances that could cause certain interactions to occur. If you have a past experience with fungal infections and topical medications did not show any beneficial effects, the doctor may decide to use an oral therapy instead.

We want to share some tips for prevention of fungal infections with you!

  • Avoid walking barefoot, especially in areas around communal bathrooms, locker rooms, swimming pools and saunas.
  • Wash your feet daily with warm water and soap.
  • Spend time to dry your skin after a shower/bath, especially make sure that you have dried the area around your toes.
  • Do not wear thigh shoes, especially during the summer. Let your feet to breath!
  • Do not share shoes, towels or hairbrushes with other people.

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Conclusion

There is no need for worries or embarrassment if you are currently suffering from a form of fungal skin infection. It is important to visit your doctor as soon as you notice their presence. Also, make sure you use some of our tips for prevention in order to prevent fungal skin infec-tions from appearing in the future!

References

  • http://www.wederm.com/Fungal-Infections-of-the-Skin
  • http://www.msdmanuals.com/professional/dermatologic-disorders/fungal-skin-infections/tinea-pedis
  • http://www.dermnetnz.org/fungal/tinea-corporis.html
  • http://patient.info/health/antifungal-medicines

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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.