Body Parts Prone to Fungal Infections
Fungi are everywhere. They’re in the air, water, soil, plants, trees — you name it! They grow in moist, humid, and warm areas, which can make it highly possible for them to grow on human bodies too. Next thing you know, you might see a ring-shaped itchy rash on your skin.
But don’t worry! Most rashes are harmless. And even if they turn into skin infections, they’re treatable.
Which body parts are prone to fungal infections?
Feet and Hands
Common fungal infections usually affect your feet and hands. Occasionally, fingernails could also get affected after scratching the infected areas. They thicken and become yellowish.17 These fungal infections may come from sharing personal items like towels, shoes, socks, and underwear. But they can also come from being in contact with contaminated damp surfaces like shared bathroom floors and gym locker rooms.
One example is alipunga (athlete’s foot) or tinea pedis. Athlete’s foot symptoms include redness/whiteness, peeling, cracking, and itching in between toes. They can also manifest as blisters on the feet’s soles and heels.
Groin and Skin Folds
The groin and areas with skin folds like buttocks and thighs are prone to hadhad (jock itch) or tinea cruris. Men commonly experience this since they sweat more after physical activities. Jock itch symptoms include red ring-like patches and itching. Additionally, the foot’s fungal infection can also travel upward when putting on underwear without wearing socks first.
Tinea capitis causes scalp ringworm, commonly experienced by children ages 2 to 10. Symptoms include scaly, itchy, red scalp, and even hair loss in some areas.5 If left untreated, there can be permanent bald spots.
Face, Neck, Chest, Back, Arms, and Legs
Tinea versicolor causes skin discoloration, mild itching, and scaling in these areas.7 It’s common during puberty where oil glands are more active making the skin sweaty, warm, moist, and oily enough for fungal growth.
The chin, cheeks, and upper neck can be scaly and itchy. They can have red pus spots too as well as hair fall out.
If you find yourself constantly scratching these body parts prone to fungal infections, don’t fret! You can always try using an Antifungal Cream Clotrimazole 1% (Canesten®) which can help you treat your fungal infections – may they be alipunga (athlete’s foot), hadhad (jock itch), or buni (ringworm). This antifungal cream can provide relief from symptoms. Always remember to finish the recommended duration of medication (3 to 4 weeks). Even if the symptoms go away and it seems like the fungal infection is gone, continue using Clotrimazole 1% (Canesten®) to prevent recurrence. If there's no improvement after the course of the treatment, you should see your doctor for other medical advice.
- Tinea Infections (Ringworm), in: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/tinea-infections-ringworm
- Athlete's foot, in: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/athletes-foot/symptoms-causes/syc-20353841
- Fungus Infections: Preventing Recurrence, in: https://www.aocd.org/page/FungusInfectionsP
- Skin Fungus, in: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/4276-skin-fungus
- Athlete's Foot, Jock Itch and Ringworm, in: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/4560-athletes-foot-jock-itch-and-ringworm-of-the-scalp
- Tinea versicolor, in: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinea-versicolor/symptoms-causes/syc-20378385
- Tinea versicolor, in: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17719-tinea-versicolor
- Ringworm, in: https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/ringworm/index.html
Practical tips for skin and foot hygiene
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If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
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