Skin fungus is a common skin issue affecting people of all ages, including children. In fact, fungus infection is practically impossible to avoid as fungi live virtually everywhere.
Now, there are beneficial fungi, which naturally live on the skin. Normally, we aren’t aware of these. But, when these fungi proliferate, i.e. when they multiply out of balance, skin issues such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch or yeast infections occur. Although not life-threatening, these conditions can be really uncomfortable, and even embarrassing.
There are a number of contributors to skin fungus. The most common include sharing clothes and personal hygiene items with someone already infected.
The most common risk groups include:
- People who sweat excessively (fungus thrives in moist places)
- People with weakened immune system
- People working close together with people that are at higher risk of getting infected like doctors, nurses, students etc.
- People who have been taking antibiotics or immunosuppressants for a long time
- People or children who don’t have bladder control
The most affected parts of the body include the armpits, toes and feet, genital area and places where skin creases