Fungal infections are fairly common. Yeasts are botanically related to fungi and can cause skin rashes. These tend to affect folds of skin (like the skin under the breasts or the groin). They look fiery red and have pustules (blisters) around the edges.
Fungus and yeast infections have little to do with hygiene clean people get them, as well. Fungal rashes are not commonly acquired from dogs or other animals. They seem to be most easily acquired in gyms, showers, pools, or locker rooms, or from other family members. Many effective antifungal creams can be bought at the drugstore without a prescription, including 1% clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex) and 1% terbinafine (Lamisil). With extensive infection, or when toenails are involved, a prescription drug may be useful, such as oral terbinafine.
If a fungus has been repeatedly treated without success, it is worthwhile considering the possibility that it was never really a fungus to start with but rather a form of eczema. Eczema is treated entirely differently. A fungal infection can be independently confirmed by performing a variety of simple tests.
Viral skin infections can range from mild to severe and often produce a rash. Examples of viral skin infections include:
Molluscum contagiosum causes small, flesh-colored bumps most often in children ages 1 to 10 years old; however, people of any age can acquire the virus. The bumps usually disappear without treatment, usually in 6 to 12 months.
Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) is the common virus that causes cold sores. It's transmitted through saliva by kissing or sharing food or drink with an infected individual. Sometimes, HSV-1 causes genital herpes. An estimated 85% of people in the US have HSV-1 by the time they are in their 60s.
Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) causes itchy, oozing blisters, fatigue, and high fever characteristic of chickenpox. The chickenpox vaccine is 98% effective at preventing infection. People who have had chickenpox (or in extremely rare instances, people who have received the chickenpox vaccine) are at risk for developing shingles, an illness caused by the same virus. Shingles can occur at any age, but it occurs most often in people age 60 or older.
The best way to avoid viral skin infections is to avoid skin-to-skin contact (especially areas that have a rash or sores) with an infected individual. Some viral skin infections, such as varicella-zoster virus, are also transmitted by an airborne route. Communal showers, swimming pools, and contaminated towels can also potentially harbor certain viruses.
There are many viral skin infections. They range from the common to the rare, from the mild to the severe and from those causing just skin infection to those with associated systemic disease.
Only a small fraction of all the viruses that can infect humans commonly involve the skin; nevertheless, cutaneous manifestations can arise in a plethora of different viral diseases. Recent decades have brought significant advances in adequate diagnosis and treatment of various skin viral diseases, and stigma surrounding some of them also diminished.
Fungal infections can appear almost anywhere on the skin, but they are often most difficult for those who experience this issue somewhere on the face. Fungal skin infections on the face can occur in many different ways, but there are also a number of methods through which these conditions may be prevented and treated.
What Causes Fungal Skin Infections on the Face?
A person can contract a facial infection caused by a fungus in many ways.
For example, the individual's skin could come into contact with the infected skin of another, or another individual's infected skin could touch an item that the person then touches to his or her face. Fungal spores may often be on objects or in the air without people realizing it, and contact causes the initial condition. Then, if the individual does not keep his or her face clean, it is even more likely to become infected, and the condition will worsen.
Common Facial Fungal Skin Infections
There are a number of fungal infections that occur on the facial area. One of the most common is ringworm, and it can often be identified as "a flat, spreading ring-shaped lesion," according to the South Australian Health Department. The center of the rash will look like normal skin but the edges will often be raised, scaly, and crusty. Ringworm can also occur in facial areas that are hairy like the scalp or beard area, which will often cause the hair around it to fall out. Ringworm of the scalp usually only affects children, but it can occur in adults as well. This condition is contagious.
A person can also experience a severe infection called otomycosis, which occurs on the outer ear. Another type of fungal infection, pityriasis versicolor or tinea versicolor, is caused by a yeast and may appear on the face and neck, causing discolored spots on the skin.
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