Fungal infections of the skin are extremely common and tend to be spread through contact with warm, dark, and moist areas, such as shower floors, locker rooms, and public swimming pools. While an experienced dermatologist or skincare center can provide treatment, it is important to be able to recognize and avoid different types of fungal infections of the skin.
Athlete’s foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin. Active individuals, those who wear tight shoes, and individuals who use community showers and pools are at greater risk for contracting athlete’s foot. Individuals with athlete's foot often experience:
- Peeling, scaling, or cracking of the feet.
- Itching or burning sensations.
- Blister formation.
It is important to seek treatment when experiencing these symptoms as the fungus is extremely contagious and over-the-counter remedies rarely treat the source of the infection.
Jock itch is a mildly contagious fungal infection of the skin that affects the genitals, buttocks, and inner thighs. Symptoms of jock itch include redness, flaking or peeling, burning of the skin, and a circular rash with raised edges. Your dermatologist will often prescribe an antifungal cream or medication to kill the fungal infection and eliminate the symptoms of jock itch.
Despite its name, ringworm refers to a type of fungal infection of the skin rather than an actual worm. This fungal infection can appear anywhere on the body and is characterized by sores that are circular, red, and flat. In the event that prescription topical medications do not provide relief. your dermatologist may prescribe an oral medication.
Learn more about your treatment options for these common fungal infections by calling (847) 305-1189 to set up an initial consultation with Altman Dermatology. Our highly trained dermatologists in Arlington Heights offer a number of treatments for common skin conditions and skin cancer.