The symptoms you experience as a result of fungal infections will depend on which type of fungal infections you have. You may speak with a skincare professional to determine what type of fungal infection is causing your symptoms, although most infections are easily identifiable. For instance, athlete's foot affects the feet, while jock itch affects the groin, thigh and buttocks areas.
Symptoms Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot is found on the feet and may cause peeling or scaling of the feet, redness, softening of the skin on the feet, itching and burning.
The condition may also cause blisters and sores on the feet and may be very bothersome. Various over-the-counter medications are available, although more severe cases may require prescription medication.
Symptoms of Jock Itch
Jock itch affects the thigh, buttocks and groin areas. Symptoms may include redness, itching, chafing, burning, flaking, peeling and cracking. A raised, circular rash may also be a symptom of jock itch.
Treatment for jock itch may include certain over-the-counter medications or prescription medications.
Symptoms of Ringworm
Ringworm appears as a circular red sore. The edges may be raised, while the middle may remain flat. Scaly skin may be present with ringworm. Patients may be affected by more than one ringworm rash at one time, or may have ringworm without the circular rash.
Treatment includes topical over-the-counter medication, while severe cases may call for prescription medication.
Symptoms of Yeast Infection of the Skin
Yeast infection of the skin may cause rash, oozing of clear fluids, itching, burning and pimples. Yeast infection of the nail beds may cause swelling, pain, pus and separation of the nail from the nail bed. Discolored nails may also be a symptom of yeast infections.
Patients should speak with a skincare professional regarding treatment for their yeast infection, as the recommended treatment often depends on the location of the yeast infection. Topical and oral medications and ointments may be used.
In all cases of fungal infections of the skin, it is important to keep the area clean and dry. Wash the area each day and be sure to thoroughly dry the area afterwards. Other types of fungal infections may also be present. If you think you have a fungal infection, speak with a skincare professional for diagnosis and treatment options.