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What exactly are Fungal Rashes?

Fungal rash on the skin occurs when there is overgrowth of abundant bacteria causing fungal infections resulting in fungal skin rashes.

Fungal rashes of the skin are not infectious and are really not severe. But often deep infections begun by fungal rashes can lead to some problems which are very serious.

Many people cringe at the very thought of having a fungal infection or rash when in reality, we all have many types of fungi which live on our skin all the time. Most of these times these fungi do not cause problems but sometimes a fungus will change and then cause an infection. Fungal infections are some of the most common infections that people experience.

Fungal Rash Symptoms

The symptoms of rashes caused by fungus depend on the area of the body which is infected as well as the types. These rashes should not be mixed up with other infections of the skin such as psoriasis or eczema.

Some symptoms include:

  • Some are itchy
  • Some scaly
  • On the scalp can cause hair loss
  • Generally blazing red
  • Can extent across a huge area
  • Color is concentrated at the center and lacks distinctive borders

Smaller lesions which are more defined can be present on the outside perimeters of the area of the rash. This rash can burn or itch. The rash is more normally seen through the buttocks but can also spread into the thighs as well as the area of the groin.

Although most fungal rashes are very common and individuals get them constantly, they are still tough to identify. This is owing to the likeness of the symptoms and also because there are so many similar types of fungal rashes – making the diagnosing of the kind of rash not always an easy task.

Jock itch or “tinea cruris” is a type of ringworm but the label is distorted because it has zero to do with worms. Rather it is a fungal infection which distresses the outer layers of the skin in the groin and buttocks area. It is itchy, red and inflamed.

The second kind of fungal rash is “tinea versicolor” which is a fungal skin rash which distresses the oily parts of the upper body, the back and chest areas. Its appearance is flat, brownish and often scaly.

Third is ringworm which is a fungal skin infection most commonly seen in children. It appears as redness with a blister look and extends in ring like arrangements.

Lastly is Athlete’s Foot which is a fungal contamination touching the feet and appears red and itchy.

Fungal Rash Causes

There are many problems that can end in fungal skin rash. Some of these include:

  • Immune system which is weak
  • Individual has diabetes
  • Individual is going thru cancer therapy
  • Individual has HIV/AIDS

It has been noticed that skin which is moist tends to cause more fungal rashes than dried skin. This is probably because fungi love to grow in moist places. Also, a cut on the skin also can rise the chances of skin rash caused by fungus. Infections from inside the body could create more serious problems.

Individuals who are most probable to develop fungal rashes are likely to be those who:

  • Sweat a lot during the night
  • Unable to go to the toilet without help
  • Have a loss of mobility
  • Use different skin care products which aggravates the skin
  • Are incontinent

Those individuals who are incontinent really can develop problems because of the moisture which gets confined against the skin and thus causes skin damage.

Source: byebyedoctor.com

Wth is this? a fungus? mild psoryasis?

2009-02-11 07:13:54 by ajdalrymple82

It seems like I almost have athlete's foot on my hand. It only on one hand..and it kind of moves around after awhile from one spot to another. It gets red and kills a layer of skin in small places, sometimes with really tiny bubbles underneath the surface of the skin. I've spent a lot of time researching it and couldn't find any pictures that match. I can't tell if it's a fungus or mild psoryasis. I've tried lotion, OTC fungal cream, scouring the dead skin off, vaseline (to seal out moisture,) the sun, and frequent washing. All of those helped to some extent..but nothing has killed it altogether


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