Fungal infections of the skin are very common and include, Ringworm, Yeast infections and Tinea Versicolor.
Ringworm: Different fungi, depending on their location on the body, cause ringworm. It is caused by a fungal infection—not an actual worm. Fungi on the skin, hair, and nail bed are called dermatophytes. Also referred to by healthcare providers as Tinea infections, infection on the scalp, arms, legs, face, and trunk is characterized by ring-shaped, red, scaly patches with clearing centers. Tinea infections of the feet, nails, and genital areas are not generally referred to as ringworm, as they may not take on the typical ring shape.
Yeast infection: Yeast is a fungus normally found on your skin. It’s also found in your digestive system. If you’re a woman, you also have yeast in your vaginal area. When too much yeast grows on your skin or other areas, it can cause an infection. This infection is also called candidiasis. A yeast infection can happen if your skin gets damaged. Yeast can also “overgrow” in warm or humid conditions. An infection can also happen if you have a weak immune system. Taking antibiotics can also cause an overgrowth of yeast. That’s because antibiotics kill the healthy bacteria in your body that normally keep the yeast in balance.
Tinea Versicolor: Tinea versicolor is a common fungal skin infection caused by yeast on the skin. It is also called pityriasis versicolor. It is characterized by lighter or darker patches on the skin. Patches are most often found on the chest or back and prevent the skin from tanning evenly. It happens mostly in adolescence and early adulthood due to oily skin, but it can happen at any time. Tinea versicolor is usually diagnosed based on a medical history and physical exam. The patches seen with this condition are unique, and usually allow the diagnosis to be made on physical exam. In addition, your healthcare provider may use an ultraviolet light, called a Woods Lamp, to see the patches more clearly. Also, your healthcare provider may do skin scrapings of the lesions to help confirm the diagnosis under the microscope or in the lab.
For personalized dermatology in Jacksonville contact our office 904.731.8300 to schedule an appointment, we will consider your age, overall health, the severity of your condition and other factors in determining what treatment is best for you. We place a premium on your health and the health of your skin.