Skin fungus is a common skin issue affecting people of all ages, including children. In fact, fungus infection is practically impossible to avoid as fungi live virtually everywhere.
When you’ve got a skin fungus you’ll notice that the skin becomes irritated, turning red. There is also a lot of itching and burning involved in a skin fungus, with the affected area developing sores and blisters.
There are quite a few different skin fungi and as common as some might be, it doesn’t make them any more comfortable or welcoming. Different kinds of skin fungus include athlete’s foot, jock-itch, and ringworm. Although a skin fungus isn’t really too serious, it is definitely something that no one really wants to experience.
There are a number of contributors to skin fungus. The most common include sharing clothes and personal hygiene items with someone already infected.
The most common risk groups include:
People who sweat excessively (fungus thrives in moist places)
People with weakened immune system
People working close together with people that are at higher risk of getting infected like doctors, nurses, students etc.
People who have been taking antibiotics or immunosuppressants for a long time
People or children who don’t have bladder control
The most affected parts of the body include the armpits, toes and feet, genital area and places where skin creases because fungus depends on moisture to reproduce and thrive.
Skin fungus loves moist and warm environments. Think about athlete’s foot and why on earth they would give it that name. This particular type of fungus can grow in shoes and socks that are left unclean, a very common habit among many athletes.
These shoes end up collecting dirt, sweat, and bacteria, the latter of which makes it to the skin and causes an infection. Fungal infections can also be caused by tiny microscopic fungi that live on the dead tissues of the hair, skin, and toenails.
Public areas like a locker room at the gym, swimming pools, or public showers are all common breeding ground for skin fungus.
It’s also good to know that synthetic materials also create perfect breeding grounds for fungi, so aim at wearing natural fabrics like cotton and linen. Pay particular attention when choosing your underwear. Also, keeping your skin, especially the skin under your breasts, clean and dry throughout the day is important too. Don’t forget your toes too, especially if you spend a long time in footwear.