Fungal Rashes

Fungal Rashes

There are various types of infections and fungal rash is one such infection that is caused because of the profusion of various germs resulting in fungal skin rash. People generally believe that fungal rashes are not contagious but it is completely untrue. But sometimes-deep infections due to fungal rashes can cause serious problems.

Symptoms of fungal rash

The rash may depend on the type of fungus causing infection and may be mildly irritating, but sometimes it is red, scaly and itchy, whereas others can produce a fine scale similar to dry skin. The fungus may infect just one area of the body, or there may be several infected areas. Sometimes fungal skin infections look similar to other skin rashes such as psoriasis. Some people suffering from fungal infections of the scalp or beard experience hair loss. Don’t get confused that fungal rashes are linked to skin infections like psoriasis or eczema as it is absolutely wrong.

Causes of fungal rashes

People who are taking medication since the recent past with strong antibiotics or if they are taking steroids on regular basis, then they are most vulnerable to fungal rash. Similarly if you are a diabetic patient, facing obesity problem and had suffered from fungal infections in the past, or if your immune system is weakened due to some serious disease like cancer, then also the chances of having fungal rash become prominent.

Moist skin, especially when skin is not properly dried after bathing or sweating, promotes fungal infections. Sometimes you wear certain clothes that hampers your perspire to evaporate and result into fungal infection. Similarly, scratch or burn on the skin can also promote fungal growth.

Transmission of fungal infections

Fungal infection could transmit in several ways, especially in some particular places like swimming pools, gymnasiums. Also sharing your personal things like towels can also cause fungal rash on your skin. Even animals, especially domestic ones like dogs, cats and sometimes cattle can also be the reason of fungal infections on your skin.

Fungal Rashes Treatment

First you need to know the kind of fungal infection you are suffering with before treatment. And your physician can diagnose it quite easily as a majority of the fungal infections occur on the surface of the skin and such symptoms require topical treatment. There are several types of creams that can be applied over the fungus-infected area for a couple of days for effective results. However, sometimes, one needs to consume tablets if the rash pervades and affect several areas of the skin. Even your scalp and nails are prone to fungal infection and you would have to treat it by again taking tablets, but this should be done only after consulting the physician. Similarly, there are few fungal infection treatments that do not require doctor’s prescription like sprays used to treat athlete’s foot. But before starting any such treatment, make sure you have fungal infection and not anything else. For better result, it’s recommended to complete the course of the treatment so that the infection may not reoccur on your skin.

Prevention of fungal rashes

You can follow the steps listed below to prevent the occurrence of fungal infection on your skin:

After bathing your skin should be dried properly, especially the fungus-affected area should be cleaned and dried.

Try not to give your towels and even combs to others as they may carry some elements of others’ skin that usually boosts abundant growth of fungi.

Wear clothes and underwear that are slightly loose in fitting.

Don’t wear same pair of socks or tights everyday and always keep alternates.

Wear skin friendly fabric that allows your skin to “breath”. Therefore, it’s better to wear cotton fabric instead of nylon or polyester.

Use products that have ingredients like zinc oxide and petrolatum because they are helpful in keeping fungal rash at bay.

Those who are suffering from diabetes should be precautious in maintaining their routine to keep their blood sugar under control.

Avoid using heavily perfumed soap, which can be irritating to the skin.

Drink plenty of liquids to help keep skin supple.

Athletes are advised to keep at least 2-3 pairs of shoes and wear them alternatively in every 2-3 days so that they have time to dry out.