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SKIN FUNGUS

  • Tinea or ring worm is the name given to group of diseases caused by fungus over skin.
  • Tinea  is infectious and easily spread to body parts and other individuals.
  • You can get them by touching an infected person.
  • Ring worm is a red colored skin rash that forms a ring.
  • It is called by different names depending on the part of the body which is affected.

          

 Skin fungus of groin area

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  • It  is called Jock itch, it causes itchy, burning rash in groin area.

  

 

 Skin fungus of feet

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  • It is called Athlete's foot causes itching and fissures in the skin between the toes.
  • This skin fungus is called Tinea pedis.
  • appears as red, scaly macerated patches of skin, often between fourth and fifth toes.
  • Rapidly spreads to side of feet. Pustules and vesicles may be visible.
  • Affected skin is itchy and uncomfortable.
  • Most people acquire from walking bare foot in high-humidity areas like gym bathroom, swimming pool areas etc.

            

 

 Ringworm infection of scalp

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  • It is called Tinea capitis.
  • Often affects school-aged children
  • Dry scaly patches, baldness and broken hair are noticed in this skin fungus.

      

 

  How can you avoid Skin Fungus infection
  

  •  Dry your skin thoroughly after you have a bath.
  • Wash your socks, clothes and bed linen frequently .
  • Wear clean flip-flops or plastic shoes in damp, communal areas.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes that are made of cotton.
  • Don't share towels, hair brushes and combs.
  • Alternate pairs of shoes every two or three days to give them time to dry out.
  • Soak pillows, hats, combs or scissors with bleach and water if someone in your family has scalp ringworm.
  • Follow good hygiene to prevent fungal infections spreading to others.
  • In case of  infection avoid using over the counter medicines. Consult your dermatologist.