Fungal infection of the skin is a common problem for people worldwide. Terms such as “ringworm”, “athlete’s foot”, and “jock itch” can be confusing, because they all refer to fungal infection of the skin. Although fungal infections occurs at a higher rate in hot and humid climates, it can develop in people who live in colder, drier environments as well.
Fungi and their spores are present everywhere in the environment including other living animals. There are numerous types of fungi and a variety of types are capable of infecting humans. In general, growth is favored in dark, humid, and warm conditions. Hence, the groin and the feet are often areas prone to fungal infection. However, any part of the body can be infected. Fungal infection can spread to other parts of the body and can be transmitted to other people. Pets can be the source of fungal infection for humans.
Fungal infections may present as rashes that are itchy, scaly, and red. It can easily be mistaken for other types of rashes. Hence it is important to see your dermatologist for a proper evaluation of the condition, so that the right treatment is given. Sometimes, diagnosis of a fungal infection will require specialized tests. They are treatable (sometimes with difficulty) but often recur. Treatments include topical and systemic antifungal medications.
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