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
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.
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:
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What causes fungal infections?
Different types of fungus cause a variety of fungal infections:
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