What are Fungal Infections?
Fungal infections are very common and can occur on several areas of the body. At the Asarch Center for Dermatology, Laser & Mohs Surgery, we see and treat many types of fungal skin infections.
What Causes Fungal Skin Infections?
These infections are caused by fungal organisms or yeast that live in the dead top layer of the skin (stratum corneun, nails and hair).
What Are the Common Types of Fungal Skin Infections?
- Ringworms – This superficial skin infection, also known as tinea, is caused by fungi called dermatophytes and appears as circular rings on the skin.
- Athlete’s Foot – Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that got it’s name as it is easily transmitted in locker rooms, pool decks and other areas where people are often barefoot.
- Candidiasis (Yeast Infection) – Candida, the fungi that cause these infections, live on all surfaces of our bodies, but infections are more likely to occur in the moist folds of our skin. They occur when yeast on the skin grows more actively and causes a red, scaling, itchy rash on the skin. Yeast infections are not contagious.
- Fungal Nail Infections – A fungal nail infection occurs when a fungus attacks a fingernail, a toenail, or the skin under the nail, called the nail bed
How Are Fungal Infections Treated?
Most fungal skin infections are treated with topical creams unless they are extensive, in which case oral medication may be prescribed.