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What is This Skin Fungus?

Are you having skin fungus problems?  Perhaps you have blemishes or spots that won’t go away, or may even be getting worse?  What are these places that drive you insane with itching and burning, and how can you get rid of them?  In this article we will look at the answer to some of those questions.

Skin Fungus:  What is It?

There could be many answers to that particular question.  The most likely answers are:

  • Yeast Infection
  • Ringworm

These appear to be the most common types of skin fungus; both are caused by fungal cells.  They are over growths of organisms that can, and often do live on the human body.  They are part of the human flora, and in check cause no harmful effects.  The problems occur when the balance of good vs. bad germs becomes upset and the infection is allowed to flourish.

  • Contact with another individual that already has a virulent infection.
  • Suppressed Immune System (usually due to illness)
  • Certain Immunosuppressant Diseases (Diabetes and HIV)

Under the above conditions bad germs that cause fungal infections are more likely to grow and become symptomatic.  Each of the two listed above have specific organisms that cause their growth:

  • Yeast Infection – Candida albicans
  • Ringworm – Tinea (each part of the body has a specific name)

Skin Fungus:  Diagnosis

If you have a skin fungus and you are not sure what kind it is, you will likely need to go to the doctor and have it identified.  There are several tests your physician can do to identify your condition:

  • Wood’s Lamp (examining the infection under a UV lamp; some fungus glows under the lamp)
  • KOH Exam (examining a stained scrape of the infection under a microscope)
  • Biopsy of Infection
  • Fungal Culture (swab and grow some of the infection on in a Petri Dish)

The Fungal Culture is the most reliable and most used test for determining which type of skin fungus you have.  It’s important to see your doctor, especially if you don’t know what you have on your skin.  The wrong self-diagnosis can lead to using the wrong treatment, and that can be potentially harmful.

Skin Fungus:  Symptoms

There are a variety of signs and symptoms that present themselves with any skin fungus.  I’ll list a mash-up of many of them here.  If you notice any or all of them, it may be time to get treatment.

  • Redness
  • Rash of varying intensity
  • Itching (vis-à-vis scratching)
  • Burning, Discomfort, and Pain
  • Dry, scaly, skin
  • Possible blistering and oozing
  • Red-ringed spots with raised edges
  • Sores
  • Varying forms of discharge

These are a list of the symptoms associated with Yeast Infection and Ringworm.


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