Skin fungus can be embarrassing for anyone, where it’s noticeable or not, it’s itching to take your attention away from your day-to-day routine and distract you from work and social interactions. There are 80,000 different species of fungus and although the ones living on your skin can be a nuisance, a visit to the dermatologist’s office can be a quick diagnosis and treatment process. Dermatophytes are the types of fungus that take over areas of your skin. They feast on a strong, fibrous protein in your skin known as keratin. It’s what makes up nails, hair and virtually every inch of your skin.
Fungus thrive in warm and moist conditions, which is why if it appears in between your toes, it’s so difficult to get rid of unless you use an over-the-counter treatment or see your dermatologist to eliminate completely before it worsens. Athlete’s foot, for example, is called tinea pedis and it can cause peeling, redness, itching, burning and even blisters and sores. It’s important to clean your bathtub thoroughly when you notice the first signs of cracking, dead skin, excessive peeling or red itchiness, in order to avoid spreading it to other members in your household and also to help decrease the chances of worsening your condition.
Jock itch is another form of fungus that is very easily spread among athletes, primarily wrestlers. The intensive contact-to-contact sport increases the chances of spreading the fungus from not only teammates and opponents, but also from the mats they practice on. It is characterized by the itching and chafing of red rash and cracking skin on the groin and thigh area. It is treated with anti-fungal cream, power or spray with the daily washing and drying of the area with a clean towel and frequent change of underwear.
Ringworm is a common and well-known fungus called tinea corporis and it appears as circular, red, flat sores that are often scaly and uncomfortable. It can be transmitted between people and animals, which heightens the importance of early detection and treatment, especially if you have a pet. Fortunately, ringworm responds well to over-the-counter creams and treatment that can be recommended by your dermatologist. Although fungus infections are rarely ever life-threatening, they should be treated as a hygienic importance and taken care of immediately following the discovery of signs.