Most common fungal skin infections

FUNGAL SKIN INFECTION [Infant] - University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
Fungal Infections Photograph by John Bavosi - Fungal Infections


A fungus is a type of organism that lives on the skin. It is usually harmless. But sometimes it can cause an infection on the surface of the skin. Fungal skin infections are fairly common and not usually serious in children. However, they are considered serious in high-risk infants, especially those with compromised immune systems. In these babies, the infection can spread through their bodies, so they may be admitted to the hospital if they show signs of fungal infection.

A fungal infection on the skin usually begins as a small red area the size of a pea. Sometimes the patch is scaly. As the fungus grows, it spreads out in a red ring or circle. The area may itch. This type of infection is called tinea or ringworm, but it is NOT caused by a worm. Fungal skin infections usually grow on the head, chest, arms, or legs. They may sometimes appear on the buttocks. Athlete’s foot is another type of fungal infection. It is rare in children. Symptoms include itchy, sometimes painful lesions between the toes and the bottom or sides of the feet.

In young children, fungal skin infections may be caused by contact with an animal or person who has a fungal infection. Young children with weakened immune systems or who have been on antibiotic therapy get fungal infections more easily. Sometimes a sample or scrapings are taken to identify the fungus in the lab.


Medications: Because fungal infections stay on the outer layer of the skin, they are easily treated with an antifungal cream or ointment. Fungal infection on the scalp usually requires treatment with an oral antifungal medication. Follow the doctor’s instructions when using these medications. For affected diaper areas, the doctor may suggest using cornstarch to keep the skin dry or petroleum jelly to provide a barrier. Avoid using talcum powder; it can be harmful to the lungs.

General Care:

Expose slightly irritated skin to the air so that it dries completely. Do not use a hair dryer because the heat may burn the skin. Carefully dry the feet and between the toes after bathing.

Dress your child in loose cotton clothing.

Try to prevent your child from scratching the affected area. Scratching will delay healing and may spread the infection. It can also cause a secondary bacterial infection (see signs below). “Scratch mittens” that cover your baby’s hands may be helpful.

For fungal infections around the diaper area, keep your child’s skin dry by frequently changing wet or soiled diapers.

Use cold cream on a cotton ball to wipe urine off skin. Use warm water and a mild soap to clean stool off skin.

Avoid irritating the skin with too much washing. Use mineral oil on a cotton ball to gently remove soiled ointment. Keep unsoiled ointment on skin and reapply more after each diaper change.

Use superabsorbent disposable diapers to reduce skin wetness. If using cloth diapers, use overwraps that breathe; avoid rubber pants.

FOLLOW UP as advised by the doctor or our staff.

SPECIAL NOTES TO PARENTS: Wash your hands well with soap and warm water before and after caring for your child to avoid spreading infection.


I heartily second this

2003-11-14 08:43:33 by teatreeoillover

I'm not familiar with the post you're commenting on/defending, but I completely agree with you about the almost-magical powers of tea tree oil. This substance, once you've used it for any number of bacterial, fungal or other infections of the skin (warts, acne, cuts, burns, etc) or mouth (tooth infections, etc). becomes a STAPLE of your medicine chest.


2011-08-01 16:19:18 by Otto_Negme

"The following increase the risk of a fungal infection:
- Getting manicures and pedicures using utensils that have been used on other people
- Getting minor skin or nail injuries
- Having a nail deformity or nail disease
- Having moist skin for a long time
- Poorly functioning immune system
- Wearing closed-in footwear"

"Nail changes on one or more nails (usually toenails):
- Brittleness
- Change in nail shape
- Crumbling of the outside edges of the nail
- Debris trapped under the nail
- Loosening or lifting up of the nail
- Loss of luster and shine
- Thickening of the nail
- White or yellow streaks on the side of the nail"

"Over-the-counter creams and ointments...

This is really troubling you

2011-05-20 21:33:07 by newinfo

I have had lung infections from hell too and i have used a few unconventional tactics to rid myself of the creeping crud . we will start with the basics that everyone should agree on . lung problems can be bacterial , viral , fungal , or mycoplasmic . in my experience i have found that of these mycoplasmic infections are by far the most transmissable . they can be infectous by air currents 40 or 50 feet away from a person who is highly infected and expelling mycoplasma from his lungs into the air .there is very few doctors who can even test for this organism since it is just barely being made aware of in medicine

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