Skin fungus infections are caused when fungus (in most cases dermatophytes) makes its home
on the body where the skin surfaces meet. These infections are most likely to occur in places of the body that are the most moist, as in the genitals, between toes, and under the breasts. Obese individuals, those with diabetes, and people who have compromised immune systems are more susceptible to contracting a skin fungus infection.
Causes of skin fungus infections are almost always moisture or improperly dried skin. If you do not dry off after sweating and wear tight clothing which does not allow the sweat on your skin to properly evaporate, you are creating an environment quite conducive to the overgrowth of fungus on your skin.
Symptoms are usually itching, redness, peeling, and blistering. Sometimes the rash takes on a ring appearance (hence, the term ring worm.). Good news! If you suspect you may have an infection, a dermatologist can prescribe a combination of anti-fungal topical creams (in some cases a tablet) and anti-itch medicine to relieve the discomfort. While infections are only mildly contagious, they should be treated to avoid spreading and other complications. Dr. Sharon Meyer is an experienced dermatologist who can evaluate your condition and treat you for your skin fungus infection. Call Uptown Dermatology today. We look forward to hearing from you!