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Common Fungal Skin Infections

Fungal skin infections can cause severe discomfort. Spotting the early signs of infection allows early treatment that can help ease the symptoms. Apart from treatment, it is also essential to know about the preventative steps to be taken in order to keep the infection from coming back.
Fungal infections including athlete's foot, ringworm, and fungal nail infections are very common.

Of all the skin infections, fungal infections are most common among people in the UK. Fungal skin infections are primarily caused by groups of fungi including yeasts and dermatophytes, which live on a protein called keratin. Although fungal skin infections do not pose any severe health risks, their excessive growth leads to unwelcoming symptoms that cause pain and discomfit. Following are some of the most common skin conditions caused by fungi:


Ironically this condition was named after researchers thought that worms are actually the cause of problem. Later, it was discovered that a number of fungi species can affect you to cause ringworm. Tinea is the medical term for ringworm and it is commonly seen in both men and women. Ringworm is more prominent in scalp, armpit and the groin area. Although most of the ringworms can successfully be treated with antifungal medications, the treatment also depends on the place of infection.

Athlete's Foot

You do not need to be an athlete to get infected by Athlete’s Foot; this fungal infection can affect any one. The fungus that causes this infection is usually found on shower floors and common wet areas. You can also catch the infection from an infected person. It usually affects foot with symptoms such as scaling, burning, pain and itching. The condition is treatable with antifungals, both oral and topical.


Also known as the yeast infection, Candidiasis affects skin, throat, blood, and genitals. The overgrowth of yeast called Candida causes this infection. Pain, soreness, redness and itching are the common symptoms of this condition. You can opt for over the counter topical yeast creams and lotions for it.


It usually comes from soil, hay, moss and roses as the infecting mould is found close to these places only. Gardeners and people who spend time in the garden are most likely to suffer from sporotrichosis.

Fungal Nail Infections

The skin under nail, toe nail or fingernail is attacked by one of the several fungi species. This infection is highly contagious and treatment is not guaranteed. It is often caused by damp environments, where the fungus thrives. Fungal nail infection is characterised by brittle, discoloured and hard nail that sometimes can even break off. Mostly this infection causes a lot of discomfort. You can use topical creams or homeopathic solutions to treat this infection.

While there are many fungal skin infection treatments that can help ease the symptoms, lot of self-care is essential to get rid of the infection completely. When it comes to fungal skin infection prevention, then maintaining cleanliness, ensuring no area of body is damp and not sharing personal things like towel and socks are important. But, even after proper precaution there are chances that you might contract the infection. In this case, it is better to use effective and safe topical treatments. If you don’t see any improvement after using topical solutions, then consider consulting your doctor.

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