Types of Fungal Infection

Can Those Itchy Red Spots on Your Back Be A Fungal Infection?

Have you ever noticed how big is the skincare market? Along with the daily-use moisturizers and sunscreens, there are many other products that are available for good skin care. A beautiful, clean and smooth skin is what we all worked hard to get and maintained. Proper cleaning, moisturizing and UV protection help us maintain good skin. However, sometimes, just moisturizing and cleaning your body does not guarantee a good skin. You may have to go an extra mile to make it better. This is normally in the case of fungal infections. A fungus in skin survives in the keratin, a protein that is found in your hair, skin and nails. Fungus can affect any part of the skin. In fact, the name of the fungus comes from the body part it exists in.

Usually, fungus attacks the inter triginous areas of the body. These areas are the toes, folds under the breast, underarm, genital area. Some kinds of harmless fungus live on the skin all the time, however, if they grow excessively, they can cause an infection. The most common symptoms of fungal infections are red, scaly, rash, and itchy skin.

Types of Fungal Infections

Let us now take a look at the types of fungal infections that may appear on the body.

Ringworms: As the name suggests, this infection appears like a ring. The ring is red and elevated, and the center is usually clean. It has scales, crust or fluid-filled areas. The infection can be itchy and painful. It appears on the trunk, legs, arms, neck and face.

Athlete’s foot: Appearing on the foot, it gives itchy, burning and stinging blisters. The fungus makes the sides and bottom of the foot very dry. The skin becomes so dry that it peels and cracks as well.

Jock itch: This fungus appears in the anal area- buttocks, inners thighs and genitals. Itchy and red, it also gives the skin the burning sensation.

Fingernail fungus: Initially, the base of the fingernail starts to get yellow or brownish in color. If not treated immediately, the fungus can spread underneath. It may also give black and white patches. The nail not only loses its color but also begin to bend in the middle. It becomes brittle and thick.

Candida/Yeast Infection: Caused by Candida species or all yeasts the infection is also known as althmoniliasis, candidosis, and oidiomycosis. This fungus lives in every body, however, it becomes an infection when our immune system is not able to work against it. The fungus gets out of balance and causes an infection. Its symptoms change as per its location on the body. It needs moist area to grow on and hence, under breast, groin, diaper area, are the most suitable for its growth. In case of vaginal infection, it causes severe itching, soreness, burning, irritation. On the tongue, it may look like thick, white lacy patches.

Pityriasis versicolor: A superficial fungal infection, it develops in the hot and humid environment. People who perspire and a lot and have low immunity, get it often. The skin gets white, red or brown patches. The symptoms get better if humidity is decreased.

One must note that all these fungal infections are curable. All you need to do is find an experienced dermatologist and get his or her advice. We will be discussing some of the very effective and popular skin fungus treatments in our upcoming articles.

Skin infection and treatments

Skin is the outer soft covering of the body. The skin contains seven layers of tissue which guards the internal part of the body as well as protects us from germs. Skin specialists says that some time when skin get infected by germs it causes itching, irritation and feels like burning which are signs of some type of skin diseases. Any problem with skin can become severe if not treated properly. Here is what the best skin doctors says about type of Skin Infections and treatments..

skin infection and treatments

Skin infection and treatments

Bacterial skin infection

Bacteria can cause many types of skin infections and that too on any area. The very common skin infection encountered by doctors due to bacterial include cellulitis, folliculitis, impetigo etc.


Cellulitis: in this type of infection you may feel pain, redness, swelling and warmth in the infected area. It can appear anywhere on the body. It happens when bacteria enter in our body by any source.

antibiotics which include cephalosporin, Dicloxacillin or Vancomycin are used to treat this kind of skin infection.

Impetigo: it is the infection that mostly occurs in adults and it also can be seen in the children of age 2 to 5 years. It spread when we come in the contact of a infected person and looks like honey colored crusts on body.

Treatment: mupirocin is the ointment which is preferred by the best skin doctors for this. oral antibiotics like
penicillin or cephalosporin’s also used.

Folliculitis: It is a infection of hair follicles resulting in red pimples. They may itch or be painful and affect people of all ages. They can grow in any part of body where the hair is present.

Treatment: antibacterial medications which contain benzoyl peroxide are used to treat this as well as good skin hygiene and proper shaving techniques also prevent this.

Fungal skin infection
These types of infections is caused by the occurrence of fungus in moist conditions. According to skin specialists unhygienic conditions occurs like wearing the wet clothes these type of infection affect the body.

Athlete’s foot: fungus affects the space between the toes and causes itching, burning and cracking.
Treatment: best skin doctors suggest using antifungal creams and prescription medicines for this.

Yeast Infections: yeast infection is caused by fungi called Candida. It causes a red, scaling rash on the skin of the warm, moist and creased area.

Treatment: the best skin doctor advice to use anti-yeast medications. They are also treated with the medical creams.

Viral skin Infection
Viruses are the very common tiny germs. They attack various parts of our body and create problems as said by many of the best skin doctors.

• Chicken pox: is the viral illness and is the most common diseases of childhood which causes due to infection.

• Molluscum: it is also viral skin infection that cause pearl like bumps on the skin.

Treatment: visit skin specialist.

Dr Navin Taneja from Thenationalskincentre advice you better about any problem related to skin. If you are feeling symptoms of any of these or feeling something irritating with your skin meet a skin specialist asap.