Aura Skin Clinic

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fungal Infections - Overview by Dr. Sravani Sandhya B , Aura Skin Clinic - Vizag

Fungal Infections

This is one of the common diseases  which I come across in my clinic. Since vizag is  hot and humid round the year people tend to sweat a lot which makes skin a good host for the fungus to grow.
Although there  are variety of fungal infections, the ones  which we see commonly are ringworm (Tinea infections), oral thrush, p.versicolar.

The symptoms and appearance of a fungal skin infection depend on the type of fungus that has caused it. They will also depend on which part of your body is affected..

Fungal skin infections can cause a variety of different skin rashes. Some are red, scaly and itchy. Others may produce a fine scale, similar to dry skin. The fungus can affect just one area, or several areas of your body.

Ringworm of the body (Tinea corporis)

Tinea Facei

This often affects exposed parts of your body, such as your arms, legs or face, and causes a red, ring-shaped rash. Ringworm is contagious. You can catch it by coming into contact with somebody who already has ringworm or touching contaminated items, such as clothing or bedding. 

Ringworm of the groin (Tinea cruris)
This is also called ‘jock itch’ because it’s more common in young men. This is because the scrotum and thigh are in close contact and create conditions in which fungi can thrive. It can also affect women if they wear tight clothing. It can cause an itchy, red rash in your groin and the surrounding area.

Yeast infections
Some fungal skin infections are caused by yeast infections, such as the following.

Intertrigo
Intertrigo is a yeast infection that you can get in the folds of your skin, such as on your abdomen (tummy), if you're overweight. It's often caused by the yeast Candida albicans. It affects areas where your skin presses or rubs together and can cause chafing. If you have intertrigo, your skin may turn red or brown and if it’s very moist, it can start to break down.

Pityriasis versicolor (Tinea versicolor)
This condition is caused by a type of yeast called Malassezia. It’s quite common and usually affects young adults after they reach puberty. If you have pityriasis versicolor, your back, upper arms and torso may have patches of scaly, itchy and discoloured skin. This is usually dark brown or white colour. If you have darker skin, it may lose some of its colour.

Thrush (Candida albicans)
C. albicans is a common fungus that often lives in your mouth, stomach, skin and women’s vaginas. Usually it doesn't cause any problems. However, when the immunty is low in conditions like, diabetes, prgnancy and immunosuppression state the yeast can multiply and cause the symptoms of thrush.

Oral Thrush

A thrush infection often looks like small white patches, which leave a red mark if you rub them off. In women, vaginal thrush can cause itchiness and a white discharge.
Thrush can also affect newborn babies in their mouth and this is called oral thrush. It's easy to mistake the white patches for milk. It isn't usually serious, but babies with thrush in their throats may stop feeding properly. Babies may also develop thrush in the nappy area.
So it is important to get these conditions treated.

For Complete Daignosis , Contact Dr.Sravani Sandhya at Aura Skin & Hair Clinic.

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