Fungal skin is an infection of the skin caused by dermatophytes fungi and can occur in any part of the body. Fungal skin infections of the foot, widely referred to as “athlete’s foot” or “foot rot“, are medically termed tinea pedis and are a very common skin condition of the foot. Patients with tinea pedis will often complain of itch, dry flaky skin or even tiny blisters on the affected areas.
Fungal skin infections are opportunistic infections, which means that will infect when given the right conditions and environment. Infection typically starts from direct contact and other risk factors play a part in allowing the infection to manifest.
Risk factors of fungal skin include:
Signs and symptoms of fungal skin infections include:
Yes, fungal skin infections are potentially contagious. They can spread to other parts of the body or another person when given the right conditions. Fungal skin infections often spread to the nails as well, causing fungal nails and vice versa.
Fungi are stubborn microorganisms and early detection and treatment often yield the best outcome quickly. Treatment for fungal skin infections involves treating the infected area and addressing any contributing factors of the condition.
Treatment options include:
Fungal skin infections can be difficult to treat, therefore prevention is important.
These are the steps you can take to prevent fungal skin infections: