Fungal rash is a skin problem that occurs when there is excess of growth of bacteria causing infection. Generally this disease is not severe and not contagious but sometimes it may develop into deep infection causing serious problem. Many people are exposed to fungal infection, but do not get any rash due to increased immunity. Fungal rash is one of the most common type of infections affecting millions of people around the world.
Signs of fungal rash vary widely with the part of the body getting infected. Some of the common symptoms are itchy skin, formation of scaly patches on the skin, hair loss (if the skin rash is on the scalp), reddish scaly patches and painful itch. The color of the rash may remain focused on the centre leaving no intense color on the borders. Small lesions may develop on the skin causing burning sensation.
Very often fungal rash appears on the buttocks and gradually it spreads to the thigh region and groin. Fungal rashes are seen in many people but they are not identified with right symptoms and go unnoticed. Sometimes it resembles other types of rash thus making the diagnoses difficult.
Tinea Curtis and tinea versicolor are some categories of fungal rash affecting the oily parts of the body like back and chest region. It is seen in the form of brownish scaly flat patches on these regions. Athlete’s Foot is also another type of fungal rash affecting the feet making it itchy and swelling.
There are several reasons for getting fungal rash. Lowered immunity level, undergoing treatment for cancer (chemotherapy) can trigger rash formation. People with HIV are more prone to get skin rashes than others. Similarly diabetic person is likely to get skin rashes.
Very often, moist skin is the one which gets most affected by fungal rash. Fungi can easily grow on wet areas like groin, armpit and folded areas of the skin.
People who have urinary incontinence can get fungal rash. When a person becomes immobile for attending the needs of toilet, he may get infected with fungal rash. Since moisture always stays on his body there is more chance for fungal growth on the skin.
Women who frequently change their cosmetics and skin-care products can get fungal rash easily.
Fungal rash can easily be controlled and treated with proper medications. Antifungal ointments are highly effective in curing infection. Some of the drugs prescribed for fungal rash are Lamisil, Lotrimin, Mycelex, Nizoral and Econazole. Very often many types of fungal infection get treated by applying ointment containing Lamisil.
However you should consult your skin doctor before taking medicines because the same symptoms may be present for eczema and other skin disorders.
You can easily control fungal rash by staying clean and dry. First you should clean the affected area with mild soap and warm water. After drying the skin with towel, apply antifungal ointment gently. Use of antifungal powder (miconazole)is also recommended for patients with incontinence.
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Avoid using soaps with strong chemicals that may cause irritation to the skin. Ensure that you are drying yourself properly after bathing. Use cotton under garments that absorb moisture. Allow free circulation of air and avoid wearing tight fitting clothes. Apply moisturizing lotion on the affected area to prevent further formation of rash.