Don't scratch itchy skin: CityMD's tips for dealing with skin fungus.
Itchy skin can be maddening, and when that itch comes with redness, peeling, or a rash, it might be more than just a nuisance. Skin fungus, a common condition caused by fungal infections, could very well be the culprit.
We'll explore what skin fungus is and how to recognize it, and we'll provide expert tips from CityMD on managing and preventing these uncomfortable irritations.
What causes fungus on the skin?
Various types of fungi cause skin fungus. These fungi thrive in warm, moist places, like your feet, groin, and armpits. The most common types of skin fungus include:
- Athlete's foot. Athlete’s foot affects the feet, causing itching, redness, and cracked skin, usually between the toes.
- Jock itch. Jock itch affects the groin and inner thigh, leading to a red, itchy rash.
- Ringworm. This can show up on various parts of the body as a circular, itchy rash with raised edges.
- Nail fungus. Fungal infections can also affect the nails, causing them to change color, thicken, and become brittle.
What does skin fungus look like?
Recognizing skin fungus is vital for effective treatment. Skin fungus can appear in various ways, but some common signs include:
- Itchy or burning skin. Skin fungus often starts with itching or a burning sensation.
- Redness and rash. The infected area may become red and develop a rash with raised scaly patches.
- Peeling or cracking. The skin might peel or crack, which can be uncomfortable.
- Circular or ring-shaped rashes. Certain types of skin fungus create circular or ring-shaped rashes.
- Nail changes. If the fungus affects your nails, they may change color, become thicker, and become brittle.
Remember, skin fungus can look different depending on the type and location on your body.
If you suspect you have skin fungus or see any of these signs, consult a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and guidance on treatment.
Is skin fungus dangerous?
Skin fungus isn't usually dangerous, but it can be a real nuisance. If left untreated, it might lead to more trouble, like spreading or even causing skin breakdown. It's not a major threat, but it's best to deal with it promptly to stay comfy and carefree.
What happens if skin fungus is not treated?
If you leave skin fungus untreated, it can lead to various issues. The infection may worsen, spreading to other areas and causing more discomfort.
Persistent scratching can break the skin, making it more vulnerable to bacterial infections. In the case of nail fungus, it can become more challenging to treat over time.
How to get rid of skin fungus.
Getting rid of skin fungus may take some patience, but with the right approach, it's doable.
- Keep it clean and dry. Gently wash the affected area with mild soap and warm water. Pat dry afterward.
- Topical antifungals. Over-the-counter antifungal creams, powders, or sprays can be your first line of defense. Apply these as directed, usually for a few weeks.
- Prescription medication. For persistent or severe infections, consult a healthcare provider at your local CityMD. You may need stronger antifungal cream or medication.
- Good hygiene. Maintain good hygiene. Regularly wash the infected area and your hands to avoid spreading the fungus to other parts of your body.
- Breathable clothing. Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing to prevent moisture buildup, which fungi love.
- Shoe rotation. If your feet have fungus, rotate your shoes regularly to allow them to air out. Consider using antifungal powder in your shoes.
- Avoid sharing. Don't share personal items like towels, clothing, or grooming tools to prevent the spread of the fungus.
- Keep it dry and cool. If the infection is in a skin fold or a sweaty area, consider using absorbent powders to keep it dry and cool.
- Follow through. Stick with the treatment even if your skin starts to look better. Stopping too soon can allow the fungus to return.
- Consult a healthcare provider. If you do not see any improvement or your symptoms get worse, consult a healthcare provider. They can help diagnose the issue and provide targeted treatment.
Treating skin fungus at CityMD.
Remember, skin fungus can be persistent, but following these steps can help you banish it for good.
If you're unsure or need more guidance, don't hesitate to contact a healthcare provider with a virtual visit or walk into your neighborhood CityMD urgent care location. We are here to help in your journey to clearer, healthier skin.
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