Skin fungus infections are very common. You’ll find them referred to as “ringworm” or “tinea” infections. The diagram below, illustrates the parts of the body that are particularly susceptible. This post then continues with a set of skin fungus pictures, sourced from CDC Public Health Image Library, referenced back to the diagram. Most forms can be treated effectively via topical application of an antifungal cream or liquid, although certain forms of scalp ringworm are more serious and should be treated under medical supervision. It is always advisable to seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for a definitive diagnosis and treatment advice that is specific to your condition.
Skin fungal infection pictures
1. Scalp ringworm
Ringworm of the scalp primarily affects young children. If the fungus is able to penetrate deeply into the hair follicles the condition can prove to be difficult to treat. The presence of multiple circular, raised balding patches are characteristic of the disease. The patches can become scaly, inflamed and itchy. Book an appointment with your doctor to determine the best treatment methods.
2. Ringworm of the beard area
This condition is due to a fungal infection around the bearded area of men. The disease often results in significant inflammation around the hair follicles.
3. Tinea versicolor
In the image above you can make out a patchy rash extending across the back, neck and shoulders. This was identified as tinea versicolor. Caused by a yeast, the condition is relatively common in humid climates and primarily affects young adults and adolescents. Some sufferers report success with applying a selsun sulfide shampoo to affected areas, but more concentrated topical treatments may also be needed.
4. Ringworm of the body
This may occur on any part of the body. It is easily recognized by a circular red rash with a defined, raised edge. It’s the wavy worm-like appearance of the edges of the rash that gives the disease the name “ringworm”. But the condition is caused by a dermatophyte fungus (not a worm). Read more on ringworm cures.
5. Ringworm of the toes (Athlete’s foot)
A common fungal infection that normally starts between the toes, see image above. The rash is typically very itchy and can cause the skin to crack and peel. It is commonly referred to as Athletes foot, foot fungus or toe fungus. Cross infections to other parts of the body (in particular the groin area to cause “jock itch”) are common. For treatment options read this guide to toe fungus treatment.
What about Candida yeast infections?
As yeasts are botanically related to fungi, they are sometimes grouped under the generic term of “skin fungus” – (as is the case with tinea versicolor above). Most yeast infections are caused by Candida yeast species and result in a red, scaly, itchy rash. The most common is vaginal yeast infections in women, but men can also be affected. For for information on signs, symptoms and treatment, read this article on how to get rid of yeast infection.