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Itchy and ugly: Fungal infections impact quality of life
Fungal infections, also known as mycosis, are caused by microorganisms that live off organic compounds, resulting in certain skin diseases. While most surface fungal infections are not life threatening, they can be very itchy, disfiguring, and contagious. It is important to immediately seek the help of a dermatologist if you think you might have a fungal infection. Experienced diagnosis and effective treatment of fungal infections is available in Algonquin and Woodstock at Dermatology Specialists of Illinois.
Common types of fungal infections
There are 1.5 million species of fungi on earth. Fortunately, only about 300 of them are known to cause concern in humans. The most common types that affect the skin are:
Ringworm (tinea corporis) – This fungal infection usually starts as a red, itchy, and scaly rash, forming a partial or full red ring over a period of time. It is typically found on the body or scalp. Ringworm is not actually a worm; it is a fungal infection generally originating from contact with animals, infected persons, or environmental sources. Ringworm is especially common in wrestlers.
Jock itch (tinea cruris) – This type of itchy fungal infection affects the groin. The warmth and moisture of this area makes a good breeding ground for fungus.
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) – Typically found between the toes or in a moccasin-like distribution on the soles, athlete’s foot causes itching, peeling, or scaling of the skin. It is often acquired from locker room floors or shared footwear.
Tinea versicolor – These light or dark colored spots, often resembling a rash, can form all over the body. This is a yeast (which is a type of fungus) infection, especially common in young adults on the chest, shoulders, and upper back.
Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis) – This common fungal infection causes nails to become discolored and misshapen. Toenail fungus is often recurring and painful.
Call (844) 307-7546 for relief of fungal infection symptoms.