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Fungal Infection

Fungal Infection

A fungal infection, also called mycosis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus.
Fungi live everywhere-water,soil ,plants and on the human body.

Since fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, fungal skin infections can often develop in sweaty or damp areas that don’t get much airflow. Some examples include the feet, groin, and folds of skin.
Often, these infections appear as a scaly rash or discoloration of the skin that is often itchy.
They are contagious means fungal skin infections can often spread through direct contact. This can include coming into contact with fungi on clothing or other items, or on a person or animal.

Types of fungal infections include:

• Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis): The most common type of fungal infection, this condition often spreads when people walk barefoot in public bathrooms or locker rooms. The skin between your toes turns white and starts to peel.
• Nail fungus (onychomycosis): It usually affects the toenails, which become yellow and thick and break easily.
• Jock itch (tinea cruris): A rash of the groin area, jock itch affects more men than women.
• Scalp ringworm (tinea capitis): This rash occurs mostly in children. It causes hair loss, but with the right treatment, the hair usually grows back.
• Ringworm (tinea corporis): Tinea corporis, is another name of ringworm but it’s not a worm, rather a fungal infection that develops on the skin in the form of circles and is scaly,reddish in colour.

Treatment involves
Avoid hot and humid conditions
Taking oral and topical antifungals

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