Fungus, also called "tinea," is the term for fungal and yeast infections. Various forms of tinea can occur. Tinea versicolor affects the chest and back of sweaty, athletic young adults and can look like faint pink-white patches that leave behind temporary white or tan discoloration. Tinea capitis is a scalp infection, almost exclusively in children. Fungal infections of the rest of the body tend to occur in damp folds of skin (between toes, under breasts, and around the groin). Cool, loose cotton clothing, good aeration and drying powder can help prevent fungus.
Common names for fungus are ringworm, athlete's foot, nail fungus, jock itch. These conditions can take a toll on your social life. They can also make you very uncomfortable.
Ringworm is a fungal infection. It is itchy, red and circular in shape. Ringworm can form on your scalp, your face or your trunk. It can be spread easily between individuals, especially those active in sports or crowded conditions. It can be treated with topical creams, either over-the-counter or prescription strength. Difficult cases may require an oral medication.
Athlete's foot may develop between your toes or other areas on the feet. Signs include itching or stinging, blisters, cracking or peeling skin, and discolored or thick toenails. It is important to keep your skin dry and clean. Warm and humid conditions help fungus grow, and athlete's foot can be spread through wet floors, towels or mats. Over-the counter powders, sprays or ointments help, but you may need prescription-strength topical or oral medicine.
Nail fungus can develop without itching or other symptoms. You can get it from showers or swimming pools. It can also be caused by poor blood circulation. There is a nail polish which is antifungal that can help when used daily. There are also creams and oral medications.
Jock itch can make your day very uncomfortable. This fungus affects the skin of your inner thighs, buttocks and genitals. Similar to ringworm, it is often ring shaped. Keep clean and dry and apply topical creams.
Dandruff can be very embarrassing. This fungus feeds on the oils secreted by your hair follicles. If you do not wash your hair regularly, the skin cells and oil build up, giving fungus a perfect place to grow. Medicated shampoos usually clear up the condition. To eliminate your fungus, visit Dr. Zizmor.