What does a fungus look like on skin?

Serious-doctor The fungus can appear in various places. The favorite habitat areas are wet areas of the body: the armpits, the area under the knees, and mycoses are often found under the breasts in women.

There are types of fungi that prefer to develop on the scalp , or for example in the groin area .

On the body

The fungus of the skin manifests itself as areas deprived of pigmentation or rounded or oval zones with pronounced redness around the perimeter (in the center of such spots, the normal color of the skin is sometimes maintained). The photo shows single areas of lesion with a fungus on the skin and extensive areas of damage. Often, discomfort that accompanies ringworm causes discomfort to a person:

  • Burning sensation
  • Severe or mild itching
  • Peeling of the affected areas

Fungus on the skin - depigmentation In some cases, the patient is concerned only with the external symptoms of the fungus on the body, not accompanied by unpleasant sensations.

In the photo of the skin fungus, on the left, there are areas without color (depigmented). Often this type of lesion is not accompanied by itching and burning.

Ringworm on hand The photo shows minor foci of ringworm in the form of rounded areas on the arm with a red tint and desquamation. In addition, damaged skin is slightly elevated above the rest of the skin.

Running mycosis on the buttocks Large armpit area Both photos show large foci of fungal infection. Damaged areas of the skin have a bright red color and, with little effect, can be transformed into ulcerations.

Foot mycosis

The fungus of the foot often develops in people visiting baths, pools, saunas or other public areas with high humidity. Often, the symptoms of mycosis are observed in the summer in people who prefer closed tight shoes.

Foot mycosis can manifest itself in the form of highly scaly areas (locally between the fingers or on the entire surface of the foot) or in the form of thinning of the skin, which at the slightest external influence is damaged (more often observed between the fingers) and forms a non-healing erosion. Patients may experience itching. When carding, the damaged skin cracks and does not heal for a long time.

Foot fungus In this photo, mycosis appears as flaking on the entire surface of the foot.

Between fingers Here, the fungus of the foot is localized between the fingers, small eroded areas are visible, which do not heal for a long time. The patient is constantly experiencing strong discomfort while walking.

Running foot mycosis In the next photo of mycosis of the skin of the foot is observed in conjunction with a neglected fungus on the nails. In this case, the thumb nail is badly damaged. The skin damage zone has a rounded shape, the entire surface is flaky, some areas and the perimeter has a large number of ulcers.

On the face

The fungus on the face appears as well as on the body. A fungal infection may be localized in small, rounded areas or may have an irregular shape. Some types of acne on the skin of the face are fungal in nature. The affected areas have a bumpy structure consisting of scaly areas.

Fungal lesion on the skin of the face In this photo, the fungus on the face has a clearly defined contour. The oval damage zone is slightly elevated above the rest of the surface. The skin near the infected area looks healthy.

9 And here the spots have no strict outlines. The entire damage zone has a bumpy structure and a reddish tint.

From afar can be mistaken for acne In the photo, the girl has bright red areas of the fungal infection that look like acne. The affected areas are on the cheeks and chin. There are several lesions in the temporal region.

Fungus on the scalp

Suspicion of a scalp fungus causes several phenomena:

  • Dry hair, no shine, dry skin
  • Increased local hair loss
  • Peeling of the scalp over the entire surface or localized
  • Itchy skin
  • The appearance of pink areas, slightly towering above the surface of the skin

If one or more symptoms are present, a head fungus may be suggested. If the disease is accompanied by severe itching, then carding, even with slight pressure, leads to the appearance of bleeding erosion. Damaged areas may be white or yellow. When trying to remove his thin skin bursts.

eleven In the photo, the fungus of the scalp has a strict round shape and protrudes slightly over the hair area. The affected area is flaky and has a red tint. Most likely the patient is itching.

12 The area affected by the fungus is hairless, and the skin has a whitish coating.

13 Visible is a fungus-affected area of ​​the scalp with a white patina and an ulcer in the center. The area of ​​infection is devoid of hair.

What to do?

doctor_and_nurse-mini To start the treatment of mycosis of any localization, it is necessary to determine the type of fungus that caused the external manifestations. It can be yeast-like fungi, versicolor, and other pathogens. To do this, you need to contact a doctor who will take a scraping from the affected area and send the material for research to the laboratory. According to the results of the analysis, the doctor will prescribe a treatment that takes into account the susceptibility of the pathogenic organism to known drugs.

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There are 3 possible treatment options:

  1. The use of local drugs
  2. Use of oral medications
  3. Combination therapy

Local medicines are represented by various ointments, gels, suspensions, emulsions and other types of external preparations. They act only on the lesion and do not penetrate into the blood. Used mainly in the early stages of development of ringworms or with a small focus of infection.

Treatment usually ranges from a week to several months, depending on the neglect of the lesion. Means are applied several times a day. During the application process, itching or severe redness may occur, which disappears after several uses. Along with antifungal components may contain skin care ingredients and substances that accelerate tissue regeneration.

For the treatment of the scalp using shampoo .

Oral medicines are taken by mouth and act on the causative agent of the disease from the inside of the body. They have side effects, and affect not only the affected area, but also the whole body. In some cases, a single application is enough, sometimes a course of treatment is required. Used for severe lesions and advanced stages of fungal diseases.

Combination therapy is used more often. The action of external drugs reduces the intensity of symptoms, accelerates the healing of damaged areas, and the tablets act from inside on the causative agent of the disease.

With any treatment option, the course of therapy cannot be interrupted. The scheme of use of drugs and the duration determined by the doctor . As a rule, treatment continues after the disappearance of the symptoms and external manifestations of mycoses for a few more days (up to a week).


  • Basil :

    Thanks for the information. And how to treat fungus in the ears - fungal otitis media? Does it have variations or can it be treated with standard drugs?

  • Svetlana :

    Hello! Tell me, the blood test can determine the presence of skin fungus? My husband had microsporia, the external symptoms disappeared after treatment. I didn’t undergo a control check. so it’s interesting to me, is it possible by blood analysis to find out if he is completely cured?

    • Doc :


      There are very few specific blood tests for the detection of mycoses, and in this case they are not suitable.

      Microsporia is often infected from domestic or even wild animals, but other than that, some Microsporum species also feel great outside the human body.

      Therefore, to avoid relapses, it is extremely important to maintain cleanliness, clean, change linen, etc.

  • Victor :

    I have in the center of the foot, a kind of flayed skin and flaking along the edges, as bleeding, but there is no blood! Not only did I tie it! Help!

  • Irina :

    Hello. I have skin lesions .. the contours of my lips and eyelids are itching, cracking, swelling. In addition, the body has small oval, itchy lesions .. in the abdomen, arms, legs, and neck is still itching, it is just a small rash. The doctor suggested candidiasis .. donated blood for STI. Waiting for the results. I drink fluconazole 10 days .. but there are new lesions. Tell me, what could it be?

    • Doc :


      According to the description, no one can make a diagnosis, you need at least a photo. Wait for the result and consult with your doctor.

  • Cyril :

    Hello, I had a fungus like this "type" under my arms ...

    In about 2-3 weeks, exoderil (cream) was smeared 2 times a day, it passed, redness and itching disappeared, only slightly darkened skin remained. After about a month, the redness and itching began again. In the local clinic, the doctor said that there is no point in doing an analysis, and that it is clear that this is a fungus. I understand that it is necessary to go to a private clinic and do an analysis there to find out what kind of fungus and select the drug. But nevertheless, maybe you have come across such as in the pictures in the links?

    • Doc :


      This is a fairly common situation with self-treatment, unfortunately you have not completed the course of treatment until the end. Darkened skin is one of the symptoms. The treatment should be continued until all the symptoms disappear, and after that the skin should be smeared for another week in order to precisely remove the sore.

      Plus, you need to regularly change clothes, everything should be washed and ironed, because disputes persist for a long time on a T-shirt / shirt and outerwear, bed linen, etc.

  • Julia :

    Good day. Tell me please. At my
    husband the very beginning of the fungus on the nail of the foot. Immediately began treatment bathrafenom. Naturally, I treat his nail. I did it without gloves, then I thoroughly wiped my hands with alcohol, then with soap, then with ointment I applied candidates. How to protect your nails from the fungus. Thank.

  • Volodya :

    I have a very neglected fungus on under the toenails. And I do not know what to do. Are there pills for ingestion, along with the use of ointments.

    • Doc :


      Yes there is. Itraconazole, terbinafine, fluconazole, look in our section “Preparations”. It is better if the pill and the regimen prescribed by a doctor.

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