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PERSONS COMMONLY AFFECTED

  • Can affect anyone

FEATURES

  • Fungal infection of the skin, hair and nails
  • Ringworm / Buni (Tinea corporis) – fungal infection of the skin on the body; appears as red, often round skin rash that slowly grows in size and may be itchy.
  • Scalp ringworm (Tinea capitis) – itchy, scaly, and red patches on the scalp that may cause a bald spot. It is more common in children
  • Athlete’s foot/ Alipunga (Tinea pedis) – usually affects the moist skin between the toes. The skin may be red, cracked, itchy and burning
  • Jock itch / Hadhad (Tinea cruris) – itchy burning rash in the groin area

REASONS FOR DEVELOPMENT

  • Caused by different fungi
  • Touching a person with fungal infection
  • Constant exposure to damp surfaces where fungi love to grow (gym showers and swimming pools)
  • Tight-fitting clothes and closed shoes that promote sweat and moisture to build up, enhancing the growth of fungi
  • You can get fungal infections from pets like dogs and cats

TREATMENT

  • Antifungal creams which you need to apply for a few weeks on the affected area and on the normal skin around the rash
  • If the fungal infection is hard to treat or widespread, oral antifungals may be needed
  • Anti-itch medication like antihistamines taken by mouth to control itchiness

PREVENTION

  • Take a bath every day
  • Change socks and underwear daily
  • Don’t share towels or clothes
  • Always dry your feet before wearing socks and shoes
  • Change clothes after playing sports or after sweating
  • Wear slippers when walking in public showers or pools
  • Check your pets for areas of missing fur

WHY DO I NEED TO SEE A BOARD-CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST?

  • A fungal infection may look like any other rash. Without treatment it can spread to other parts of the body and can cause embarrassment and difficulty of sleeping due to the itch. A board-certified dermatologist is trained to identify and effectively treat this type of infection
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