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There are many, many issues that can plague skin, and many forms of fungal infections, and I’ll only bore you with a few of them here. For a proper diagnosis, make an appointment with your favorite medical provider. Better safe than sorry.
Tinea capitis. A fungal infection of the scalp, tinea capitis can pop up in a few different forms: gray patch, black dot, and favus. The only one of those that is still common in the States is black dot, but all are found around the world. Gray patch tinea capitis is usually spread to humans from cats and dogs, and results in hair breakage close to the scalp, along with scaly skin. Black dot tinea capitis is most often found in children, and they are oh so good at sharing it with other kids. It’s hard to notice until the hair loss sets in. Then there’s tinea favosa, a yellow, crusty growth of fungus that, again, causes hair loss. You generally have to be around it for a long time before it latches on to you.
Tinea versicolor. Most commonly affecting teenagers, tinea versicolor is a fairly common skin infection caused by yeast. Hormonal changes and greasy, sweaty skin can contribute to this condition, so that explains the prevalence among teens. Its biggest giveaway is the discoloration of skin, and high temperatures and sun aggravate the problem. A stubborn infection, this one, as it has a tendency to be a recurring problem for those who get it. As if you don’t have enough stuff to freak out about in high school, we’ll add this new wrinkle.
Tinea corporis. Everybody knows this one by the name “ringworm,” but that’s a misnomer if I’ve ever heard one. Yes, the infection is circular in shape, but there isn’t a worm to be found in there. It’s fungus. That red ring on your skin is also usually puffy, scaly, and itchy, and there can be multiple rings going on. Ringworm is a common affliction because of the ease with which it spreads between people, animals, and you can even pick it up if