Types of Fungal Infections

Fungal infections occur under the same umbrella called mycosis and can affect multiple parts of the body including both the feet and even the nails. Changes in your skin such as redness, peeling, and cracking can be key indicators of a fungal infection. Another symptom is itching which causes you to scratch the area of your body which might result in further irritation. Below are the most common types of fungal infections that affect millions of people throughout the United States.

  • Tinea pedis aka athlete’s foot: Early fungal infection that begins between the toes and spreads throughout the feet of people who usually have sweaty feet and shoes. Causes a rash on the skin that is itchy and results in a burning sensation. 
  • Candida aka yeast infection: The most common cause of fungal infection and is usually good for your body until it overproduces. Usually infects the skin or membranes 
  • Tinea Cruris aka jock itch: Affects the skin of genitals, inner thighs, and the buttocks which results in itchiness, redness, ring-shaped rashes, found in moist areas of your body affecting people who sweat often.
  • Tinea Corporis aka ringworm: Fungal infection caused by a fungus, not a worm, contrary to popular belief. Results in a rash on the skin that is similar to a ring shape with an outer ring shape that is scaly and itchy. Learn more about the symptoms of nail fungus from our recent blog post here.
  • Onychomycosis aka nail fungus: Lives off keratin of the nails and can be found on both hands and feet resulting in discoloration and change of texture in the nails.
  • Tinea Versicolor: Infection caused by a yeast that lives off your skin, however, overproduces resulting in indicators of a fungal infection involving a rash and discolorations of the skin.

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By |2019-08-12T13:19:29-07:00August 12th, 2019|