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Fungal Infections of the Skin -

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									White spot:                                                                              To learn more about fungal
a superficial fungal infection of the skin which is
                                                                                         infections, how to prevent and
common in children and adults. It may be itchy.                                          how to treat them, please go to:
It is made up of fine scaly white patches on the
skin. It may appear on your face, neck,
shoulders, arms, trunk or legs. These spots are
                                                                                         Fungal Infections of the Skin
active fungi infecting your skin. The medical
                                                      Pityriasis versicolor - a
name is Pityriasis versicolor.
                                                      superficial fungus that comes
                                                                                         To learn about more skin
                                                      in different colored spots,        diseases, visit:
                                                      usually white.

                                                                                         National Skin Center
Athlete's foot:

Its present when the skin between your toes
become very scaly and peels. You will also
experience itchiness of the feet. The fungus,                                         How to prevent superficial fungal infection:
which causes the infection may spread to
your soles and toe-nails. Then it called tinea                                              Fungus grows when the skin is warm
pedis.                                                                                       and moist. The space between your
                                                      Athlete's foot & tinea pedis,
                                                      caused by a fungus, which can          toes, the skin folds in the groin and the
                                                      also affect the nails.                 armpits must be kept dry to prevent
                                                                                             such fungal infection.
Ringworm:
                                                                                            Do not walk barefoot in areas where
                                                                                             the floor is wet - eg. bathroom,
Ringworm appears as scaly, reddish, ring-
                                                                                             lavatory, and swimming pool as the
shaped patches with the tendency to form
                                                                                             fungus tends to be present. Wear
complete rings with raised borders. This is
                                                                                             Slippers.
called tinea corporis (body), or tinea cruris
(groin). It is caused by a fungus.                                                          Avoid borrowing personal napkins,
                                                                                             towels, combs and hair brushes as
                                                      Ringworm can appear                    they may be infected. Make sure you
                                                      anywhere on the body or on             use your own personal items because
                                                      the scalp.
                                                                                             fungal infections are easily
                                                                                             transmissible. Any item that comes into
Moniliasis/Candidiasis:                                                                      contact with the affected areas must be
                                                                                             sterilized before use.
This fungal infection is common on the lip                                                  Nylon socks and covered shoes make
area and genitals of persons with diabetes,                                                  your feet sweat. Wear cotton socks to
those taking oral steroids and on long term                                                  absorb the sweat, or open-toe sandals
antibiotics. It is itchy and the rash is red with                                            if your feet sweat profusely.
white flakes. Females may have a genital                                                    Keep a healthy life-style with a
discharge and itch.                                                                          balanced diet, exercise and have time
                                                                                             for rest, to increase your body's
                                                                                             resistance. You will catch fungal
                                                                                             infection easily if you are weak.
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