Types of Fungal Infections of The Skin

Fungal Infections of The Skin

Fungal infections of the skin are a common problem, especially in warm weather or climates. In order for fungal infections of the skin to flourish, they need a warm, moist environment. The appearance of a fungal skin rash varies with the fungus that causes it.

Although athlete’s foot can be caused by four or more different fungi, the symptoms are pretty much the same. Burning, itching, blisters, redness, cracking, peeling and scaling of the feet are all common symptoms.

Jock itch usually affects the buttocks, inner thighs or genitals. It presents as an itchy, red rash often in the shape of a ring. The rash is raised and the edges are elevated. Jock itch symptoms include burning, chafing, or itching in the affected area. The skin my crack, peel, or flake.

Ringworm is actually another of the fungal infections of the skin. As the name implies, it is a ring shaped rash. The edges are raised but the middle appears normal. Ringworm treatment, just as most other fungal treatment is a topical antifungal, sometimes used in conjunction with an oral medication.

Yeast fungal infections of the skin are caused by a candida, a fungus that resembles yeast. They cause an itchy, scaling and red rash. Candida can also cause diaper rash, thrush, nail infections and vaginal yeast infections. If you have symptoms that do not get better in a week it’s time to call the doctor.

A MRSA staph infection is caused by bacteria, not fungi. MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is resistant to many antibiotics and so must be treated aggressively.

Furuncles are infections of the hair follicle and surrounding tissue. Furuncle treatment is often no treatment at all. The furuncle is a boil which will eventually burst, drain and heal. In some cases, a doctor may lance the boil. This is not something you should try at home because of the risk of infection.