Fungus: Is it Serious?

When it comes to our skin, complications can occur in many ways, shapes, and sizes. Some marks may be harmless, like a little beauty spot that makes your face a little more interesting. Other marks could be a sign of something more serious, such as a mole that is changing or growing rapidly.

Our skin operates as a protective shield, keeping harmful chemicals from getting into our systems. But, our skin isn’t perfect. And, often, it can’t fight off everything. When there are issues going on with our skin, there are often signs to let us know that we need to make a change. If you’ve ever gotten hives from an allergic reaction, you know what we’re talking about. Keep reading to learn more about fungal infections, and how they can manifest on your beautiful skin.

What leads to a fungal infection?

Our bodies can sometimes harbor fungal organisms or yeast that live in the dead top layer of our skin. You may get a fungal infection from the gym, from taking antibiotics, or from having a weakened immune system.

How do I know if it’s fungal?

Many skin conditions are actually fungal, rather than bacterial as you may think. They are not scary, though they can be annoying and even lead you to feel self-conscious.

Common fungal infections include:

  • Athlete’s Foot, which is often transmitted via locker rooms, especially near swimming pools and other moist environments.
  • Candidiasis, which is caused by candida, a fungi that lives on all surfaces of our bodies. These infections occur when yeast on the skin grows more active than usual. It can lead to a red, scaling, itchy rash on the skin.
  • Fungal Acne, or Malassezia Folliculitis, which is often mistaken for common acne. Though it may look like acne, it is impervious to common acne treatments. It may be itchy, whereas regular acne is not.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you treat your fungal infection or if you have another dermatological question, give us a call today at (972) 608-0808 to schedule a consultation.

Cosmetic Skin Care Specialist Plano, TX