Fungal rashes are common and can be difficult to diagnose. Rashes to the body and trunk may occur secondarily to infection with tinea corpora (ringworm) or tinea versicolor. In this section, we will discuss both of these common fungal rashes. In addition, athlete’s foot and tinea cruris (jock itch) will also be discussed.
Types of Fungal Rashes
There are different types of fungal rashes:
- Athlete’s foot (Tinea pedis)
- Tinea Cruris (Jock itch)
- Nail infections
- Pityriasis versicolor
- Ringworm on the body (Tinea Corporis)
- Ringworm of the scalp (Tinea Capitis)
- TINEA VERSICOLOR
Symptoms of Fungal Rashes
The symptoms and appearances of a fungal skin infection depend on the type of fungus causing it and the part of the body affected.
The rash may have a variety of appearances. Some are red, scaly and itchy, whereas others can produce a fine scale similar to dry skin. The site of infection may be just one area of the body, or there may be several infected areas.
Fungal infections of the scalp or beard can lead to hair loss. Fungal rashes can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.
Cause of Skin Rash
- An immune system weakened by cancer or HIV infection.
- A cut on the skin also increases the chances of fungal skin rash.
- Infections inside the body could create more serious problems.
Treatment of Fungal Skin Rash
- Topical treatments and anti-fungal tablets are available through prescriptions.
- Mostly anti fungal treatments are applied over the infected area.
- Pharmacist could also handle some of the fungal infection or the fungal rashes problems.
The treatments of the rashes or the skin disorders depends on the type of skin disorder or infection. However, the drugs occasionally cause side effects, therefore, one has to be very careful. However, we have listed below some steps that could help you prevent the skin rashes.
Prevent Fungal Infections
- Dry the skin carefully after bathing
- Wear loose fitting clothes and underwear
- Avoid sharing towels, hair brushes, and combs, which could contain skin fragments that harbour fungal colonies.
- Daily change your socks and tights.
- People with diabetes need to keep good control of their blood sugar.