Fungus: A Common Cause of Infection

A fungal infection of the skin—like Athlete's Foot, Jock Itch and Ringworm—occurs at least once in most people's lives. Tiny, plant-like organisms grow in moist, dark areas—like a sweaty shoe—and cause redness, scaling and itchiness. Fungal infections of the trunk and feet may be spread by walking barefoot through a public bathroom or locker room, or by sharing towels.

Although people who develop fungal infections may be more susceptible to them in the future, most of these infections can be cured.

Talking to Your Healthcare Professional About Fungal Infections

In order to diagnose a fungal infection, your healthcare professional may have to study a few small scrapings of skin to identify what's causing it.

Once the infection is diagnosed, your healthcare professional will probably prescribe a topical antifungal medication. Make sure you understand exactly how to use the medication and how long it will take to work.