Fungal Skin Infections
Fungal infections of the skin are very common and include athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections.
Worms don't cause ringworm. Rather, this superficial skin infection, also known as tinea, is caused by fungi called dermatophytes.
Athlete's Foot/ Tinea pedis
Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection and you don't have to be an athlete to get it. This annoying ailment occurs in boys, girls, men, and women of all ages.
Candidiasis (Yeast Infection)
Candidiasis is an infection caused by a group of yeast. There are more than 20 species of Candida, the most common being Candida albicans. These fungi live on all surfaces of our bodies.
Fungal Nail Infections
A fungal nail infection occurs when a fungus attacks a fingernail, a toenail, or the skin under the nail, called the nail bed.
Pityriasis versicolor is a common yeast infection of the skin, in which flaky discoloured patches appear on the chest and back.
Pityriasis versicolor affects the trunk, neck, and/or arms, and is uncommon on other parts of the body. The patches may be coppery brown, paler than surrounding skin, or pink. Pale patches may be more common in darker skin; this appearance is known as pityriasis versicolor. Sometimes the patches start scaly and brown, and then resolve through a non-scaly and white stage.
Pityriasis versicolor is usually asymptomatic, but in some people it is mildly itchy.
Malassezia folliculitis (previously called ‘pityrosporum folliculitis’) is due to proliferation of a yeast, called malassezia, within the hair follicles. It presents as an itchy, acne-like eruption and most often affects the trunk.
Tiny dome-shaped pink papules and small superficial pustules arise in crops on the upper back, shoulders and chest. It can occasionally affect other areas including the neck, face and upper arms. It tends to be quite itchy. The spots may appear more prominent when scratched.
Acne may accompany malassezia folliculitis, because of oily skin.