What are the symptoms of fungal infections?

Symptoms of fungal infections differ depending on the type and severity of the infection, the area of the body affected, and individual factors.

Symptoms of athlete’s foot

Symptoms of athlete’s foot include:

  • Itching of the feet
  • Scaling and flaking of the skin of the feet

Symptoms of jock itch

Symptoms of jock itch most often occur in men and include:

  • Itching of the groin area

  • Red, scaly rash in the groin area

Symotoms of ringworm

Symptoms of ringworm include:

  • Red, itchy area on the scalp, often in the shape of a ring

  • Hair loss in the affected area

Symptoms of fungal infections that affect the mouth

Symptoms of fungal infections that affect the mouth (oral thrush) include:

  • Lesions or sores that are raised, are yellow-white in color, and appear in patches in the mouth or throat and/or on the tongue

  • Sore, bleeding gums

  • Patches or lesions that become sore, raw and painful, making it difficult to eat or swallow

Symptoms of fungal infections that affect the vagina

Symptoms of fungal infections that affect the vagina (vaginal thrush) include:

  • Thick, white vaginal discharge that has a texture similar to cottage cheese

  • Vaginal irritation

  • Vaginal itching

  • Burning with urination

Symptoms of fungal infections that affect the digestive tract

Symptoms of fungal infections that affect the digestive tract (fungal gastroenteritis) include:

  • Difficulty swallowing (esophagus)

Recurrent fungal infections can be a symptom of a more serious condition, such as HIV/AIDS or diabetes. It is important to seek prompt medical care for repeated fungal infections, such as repeated vaginal yeast infections or oral thrush.

INTRODUCTION

What are fungal infections?

Fungal infections are infections caused by a fungus, a type of microorganism. Two common causes of fungal infections are a fungus called tinea and yeast infections caused by the fungus Candida albicans.

Some very common types of fungal infections caused by tinea include:

CAUSES

What causes fungal infections?

Different types of fungus cause a variety of fungal infections:

TREATMENTS

How are fungal infections treated?

Treatment of fungal infections begins with seeking regular medical care throughout your life. Regular medical care allows your health care professional to assess your risks of developing fungal infections and promptly order diagnostic testing for fungal infections and underlying conditions as needed. These measures greatly increase the chances of diagnosing and treating underlying causes of fun... Read more about fungal infectionstreatments

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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