The Most Common Forms of Fungal Skin Infection
- Athlete’s Foot
- Tinae Pruris (Jock Itch)
- Pityriasis Versicolor
- Cutaneous Candidiasis
- Beard Ringworm
- Fungal Nail infection
- Candida Vulvitis
Typical Symptoms Of A Fungal Skin Infection
- A rash
- Scaly skin
- Raised bumps
- Flat red patches
- White skin
- A circular patterned rash
- Pinky red circles
Typical Locations Of A Fungal Skin Infection
- Under the breasts
What Is A Fungal Skin Infection?
A fungal skin infection is a skin infection caused by a fungus. For a patient otherwise in good health, they are common and not harmful, but undeniably distracting and inconvenient if left untreated. And most patients agree a fungal skin infection impacts heavily on one’s self esteem, due to unsightly symptoms that may socially be associated with poor hygiene.
As humans we most often experience fungus – a living organism formerly compared by science to the plant kingdom – in the guise of yeast in our kitchens, mushrooms on forest walks, mould growing in a damp basement or mildew in a dingy garage and as an infection pestering the surface and folds of our skin from skull to toe.
A specific cluster of three fungi – Microsporum, Epidermophyton and Trichophyton – known as dermatophytes cause human skin infections. But you don’t need to worry about how to say any of them when you book a GP appointment, it’s for your doctor to navigate these unpronouncables for you and know the best course of treatment.
What is worth knowing is that these dermatophytes thrive in a moist, warm environment, so fungal infections typically appear where skin folds congregate and sweating occurs. For this reason, the groin, the genitals, under the breasts, the buttocks and between the toes are all prime sites for a fungal skin infection and related to this, obesity will exponentially increase the risk of a fungal skin infection.
Does A Fungal Skin Infection Live On The Skin Or Also Beneath The Skin?
How Do You Contract A Fungal Skin Infection?
How Will A Doctor Diagnose A Fungal Skin Infection?
If A Clinical Diagnosis Can Be Made, What Is A Typical Course Of Treatment?
Are Anti-Fungal Medicines Prescription Only?
Different Forms Of Topical And Oral Anti-Fungal Medicines
- Oral liquid
- Vaginal suppository
How Anti-Fungal Medicines Work
How Quickly Will Most Fungal Skin Infections Clear?
Tinea Pruris (Jock Itch)
Jock Itch usually starts as a pinkish red rash at the top of the inner thighs and will spread to feature blistering and itching. The warm, moist climate of this specific local anatomy offers fungi an ideal environment to grow and grow it will, often expanding across the genitals and buttocks. This particular fungus will generate a noticeable musky, musty smell and the more pronounced the odour, the more established the infection. Jock itch will typically affect athletic men and sometimes women, whose exercise regimen involves intensive, frequent sweating. The infection will also target men and women who are medically classed as being overweight. After an examination by a doctor and a clinical diagnosis, an anti-fungal medicine will be prescribed and recovery time should take approximately 14 days. Due to its contagious nature, the fungal spores that cause Jock Itch are capable of living for up to a year on the towels, clothes and bedding of the patient. While treatment is underway, it is recommended that the patient wash clothing, towels and bedding daily.
Underwear should also be loose and airy and not tight and restrictive. And after bathing, the patient should pat the affected area dry carefully, to not inflame the already agitated skin any further, but also to make sure the rash is kept as dry as possible. Lastly, due to the ease of skin to skin contact transmission, a patient should also refrain from sexual contact until their GP has given them the all-clear.
Fungal Nail Infection
There are a wide reaching range of fungal skin infections, whose symptoms can rhyme with many other health conditions of varying severity, therefore it is wise to book a GP appointment rather than attempt any form of self-diagnosis. Although several treatments are available over the counter from a pharmacist, it is easy to self-diagnose the wrong condition, given the overlap of so many fungal skin infection symptoms and therefore far more prudent to seek out the advice of a healthcare professional at the earliest opportunity, on sight of the launching symptoms, especially if diabetes or a compromised immune system condition already exist.