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.