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Diagnosing and treatment of Fungal Rashes

The Disease: Fungal Rashes although they are common enough and people get them all the time they can be difficult to diagnose. Due to the similarity in the symptoms and the many different types of fungal rashes, diagnosing the type of rash is not always and easy task. There are several types that will be discussed , the first being Jock itch (tinea cruris) it is a form of ringworm, the name is misleading because it has nothing to do with worms, it is in fact a fungal infection affecting the outer layers of the skin, mainly in the groin and buttocks areas, appears as redness, itch and inflammation. The second fungal type rash is Tinea versicolor (also known as pityriasis versicolor) this to is a fungal rash that affects the oily parts of the upper body the back and chest areas its appearance is a brownish, flat, often scaly rash. Thirdly is Ringworm, a fungal infection of the skin most commonly seen in children, it appears as redness with a blister look and spreads in ring like pattern. Lastly is Athlete’s Foot, a fungal infection affecting the feet, appears red and itchy .

Symptoms & Effects of fungal rashes

For each of the above named fungal rashes their symptoms are pretty much the same. For this reason, diagnosing the specific type of fungal rash is often a difficult one. Each presents itself with redness, itch and inflammation of some kind. Each fungal rash is the same as well when it comes to the effects it has which include itch, some burning and always discomfort.
Diagnosing: As stated diagnosis is best done by a professional, if you have an unexplained rash, see your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor will be able to tell you the type of rash you have and will decide on the appropriate course of treatment..
How to treat fungal rashes

In all the above cases of fungal rashes an anti-fungal cream would be prescribed, usually an over the counter medication such as Lotrimin, Micactin and or Selsun shampoo for the Tinea versicolor above. These lotions are typically applied three times daily until symptoms disappear.

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