With the summertime weather approaching, the increasing heat and humidity puts you at a greater risk of developing a fungal infection. fungi often found naturally in air, soil, and water; on plants and skin; and even inside your body, thrive in warm, damp environments, so it’s best to take preventative measures throughout the warmest months of the year.
A fungal skin infection might cause:
  1. Scaly skin
  2. Peeling of the skin
  3. Redness
  4. Itching
  5. Swelling
  6. Blisters
  7. Burning/irritation
Types of fungal infections
Ringworm :
Also called tine corporis is a superficial fungal infection of the skin that can affect any part of the body. Its called a ringworm as it leads to circular patches of dry scaly skin. Its a highly contagious infection and you easily catch it from other people, animals and even from the soil.
Jock itch :
The most common fungal infection , specially in India. Due to tight clothing and the inner thighs naturally being a moist area , fungus tends to propagate in the genital areas, inner thighs and buttocks and causes a red, itchy, roundish rash. Itching tends to start in the crease between your leg and body, then spreads out to your groin and inner thigh and can be so severe that it can cause erosions and macerations.
Athlete’s foot :
As the name implies, this fungal infection affects the foot and leads to itching ,peeling, cracking, and scaly feet with blisters. The fungus usually lurks in warm, wet environments such as shoes, socks, swimming pools, locker rooms, and public showers and occurs more commonly in people who wear tight shoes or walk barefoot in public places.
Tinea Versicolor :
Tinea versicolor is an overgrowth of naturally occurring yeast on your skin, leading to small depigmented areas specially on the chest, neck area and the back. Due to the colour of the lesions it can be quite distressing for the patient even though its a completely treatable condition.
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