Fungal infections of the skin are very common and include athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections. A microscopic exam of the scales of skin by your dermatologist in the office can confirm the diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, these conditions are treated with either topical or oral anti-fungal medications.
JAthlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)
Athlete's foot, also called tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the foot causing peeling, redness, itching, burning, and sometimes blisters and sores. The fungus grows best in a warm, moist environment such as shoes, socks, swimming pools, locker rooms, and the floors of public showers. It is most common in the summer and in warm, humid climates. It occurs more often in people who wear tight shoes and who use community baths and pools.
Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris)
Jock itch, also called tinea cruris, is a common skin infection that can affect the genitals, inner thighs, and buttocks. Infections occur more frequently in the summer or in warm, wet climates. Jock itch appears as a red, itchy rash that is often ring-shaped.
Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)
Ringworm, also called tinea corporis, is not a worm, but a fungal infection of the skin. It can appear anywhere on the body and it looks like a circular, red, flat sore. It is often accompanied by scaly skin. The outer part of the sore can be raised while the skin in the middle appears normal. There may be more than one patch of ringworm on the skin, and patches or red rings of rash may overlap.
Yeast Infections (Cutaneous Candidiasis)
Yeast infections of the skin are called cutaneous candidiasis and are caused by yeast-like fungi called candida. They occur when yeast on the skin grows more actively and causes a red, scaling, itchy rash on the skin. Yeast infections are not contagious.