What does the fungus look like on the skin?

Serious-Doctor Fungus can appear in various places. Favorite habitats are wet parts of the body: armpits, the area under the knees, often there are fungal infections under the breast in women.

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

On the body

Fungus of the skin manifests itself in the form of areas devoid of pigmentation or rounded or oval zones with pronounced reddening along the perimeter (in the center of such spots, the normal color of the skin is sometimes preserved). The photo shows single areas of fungus lesions on the skin and extensive lesions. Often, a person is uncomfortable with the uncomfortable phenomena accompanying dermatomycosis:

  • Burning sensation
  • Strong or mild itching
  • Peeling of 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.

On the photo of the skin fungus on the left, there are areas devoid of color (depigmented). Often this type of lesion is not accompanied by itching and burning.

Dermatomycosis on hand In the photo, minor foci of dermatomycosis are seen in the form of rounded areas on the arm with a red tinge and scaling. In addition, the damaged skin is slightly elevated above the rest of the skin.

Started mycosis on the buttocks Large area affected by the armpit In both photos, large foci of fungal infection are visible. Damaged skin areas have a bright red color and can be converted to ulceration with little effect.

Mycosis of foot

Foot fungus often develops in people visiting baths, swimming pools, saunas or other public premises with high humidity. Often the symptoms of mycosis are observed in the summer in people who prefer closed close shoes.

Mycosis of the foot can manifest itself in the form of highly flaky areas (located locally between the fingers or on the entire surface of the foot) or in the form of thinning of the skin, which, with the slightest external action, is damaged (more often observed between the fingers) and long-term non-healing erosion. Patients may experience itching. When carding, damaged skin splits and does not heal for a long time.

Foot fungus In this photo mycosis manifests itself in the form of peeling on the entire surface of the foot.

Between the fingers Here, the foot fungus is located between the fingers, there are small eroded areas that do not heal for a long time. The patient constantly experiences severe discomfort during walking.

Running Foot Mycosis On the next photo mycosis of the foot skin is observed together with the fungus running on the nails. In this case, the thumb nail is badly damaged. The area of ​​skin damage has a rounded shape, the entire surface is highly flaky, individual areas and perimeter has a large number of ulcers.

On the face

Fungus on the face is manifested as well as on the body. Fungal infection can be localized in small rounded areas or have an irregular shape. Some types of acne on the face skin are fungal in nature. Affected areas have a tuberous structure consisting of peeling areas.

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

9 And here the spots do not have strict outlines. The entire damage area has a tuberous structure and a reddish tinge.

From a distance you can take for acne In the photo, the girl can see brightly red areas of a fungal infection resembling acne. The affected areas are on the cheeks and chin. There are several foci in the temporal region.

Fungus on the scalp

Suspicion of the fungus of the scalp causes several phenomena:

  • Dry hair, lack of shine, dry skin
  • Increased local hair loss
  • Peeling in the region of the scalp throughout the surface or localized
  • Itching of the skin
  • The appearance of pink areas, slightly elevated above the surface of the skin

In the presence of one or more symptoms, one can assume a fungus of the head. If the disease is accompanied by severe itching, scratching even with a slight pressure leads to the appearance of bleeding erosions. Damaged areas may have a white or yellow coating. When you try to remove his thin skin bursts.

eleven In the photo, the fungus of the scalp has a strict outline of a rounded shape and slightly protrudes beyond the hair area. The affected area is scaly and has a red tint. Most likely the patient experiences itching.

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

13 Visible fungus affected area of ​​the scalp with a white touch and a sore in the center. The area of ​​infection is devoid of hair.

What to do?

Doctor_and_nurse-mini To begin treatment of mycosis of any localization it is necessary to determine the type of fungus that caused external manifestations. It can be yeast-like fungi, and lichen, and other pathogens. To do this, you need to see a doctor who will take a scraping from the affected area and send the material for examination to the laboratory. Based on the results of the analysis, the doctor will prescribe a treatment that takes into account the susceptibility of the pathogen to known drugs.

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There are 3 possible treatment options:

  1. Application 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. They are used mainly in the early stages of development of dermatomycosis or with a small focus of infection.

Treatment , as a rule, is from a week to several months, depending on the neglect of the lesion. The funds are applied several times a day. During the application, itching or severe redness may appear, which disappears after several applications. Along with antifungal components, they can contain skin care ingredients and substances that accelerate the regeneration of tissues.

For the treatment of the scalp use shampoo .

Oral medications are taken orally and act on the pathogen from within the body. They have side effects, and affect not only the affected area, but also the body as a whole. In some cases, it is enough to use once, sometimes a course of treatment is required. They are used for severe lesions and advanced stages of fungal diseases.

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

With any treatment option, the course of therapy should not be interrupted. The scheme of application of preparations and duration is determined by the doctor . As a rule, treatment continues after the disappearance of symptoms and external manifestations of fungal infections for several days (up to a week).


  • Vasily :

    Thanks for the info. And how is the fungus treated in the ears - fungal otitis? Does it have a variety or can it be treated with standard drugs?

  • Svetlana :

    Hello, tell me, on the analysis of blood can determine the presence of fungal skin? My husband had microsporia, after treatment, the external symptoms disappeared. The control check did not pass. For a while, I had a lichen. I was prescribed treatment. But my husband has no external manifestations. Here I was wondering, you can tell by the blood test whether he was completely cured?

    • Doc :


      Specific blood tests for the detection of fungal infections are very small, and in this case they are not suitable.

      Microspores often become infected from domestic or even wild animals, but in addition, some species of Microsporum feel great outside of the human body.

      Therefore, in order to avoid relapse, it is extremely important to maintain cleanliness, clean, change clothes, etc.

  • Victor :

    I have in the center of my foot, the kind of tattered skin and peeling around the edges, like bleeding, but there's no blood! That's just not tied! Help!

  • Irina :

    Hello. At me lesions of a skin .. Lip contours and eyelids itch, crack, swell. In addition to this, small oval, itchy lesions on the body .. on the abdomen, arms, legs. And the neck is still very itchy, on it just a small rash. The doctor suggested candidiasis .. donated blood to the ippp. I'm 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 diagnose, you need at least a photo. Wait for the result and consult a doctor.

  • Cyril :

    Hello, under my armpits appeared a fungus of this type "...".

    For about 2-3 weeks exoderil (cream) smeared twice a day, it passed, redness and itching went away, only a little darkened skin remained. After about a month, again, redness and itching began. In the local clinic, the doctor said that there was no point in doing the analysis, which 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 which fungus and choose the drug. But nevertheless, maybe you came across such as in the pictures in the links?

    • Doc :


      This is a fairly frequent situation with self-medication, unfortunately you did not complete the course of treatment to the end. Darkened skin is one of the symptoms. Treatment should be continued until all the symptoms disappear, and after that the skin needs to be smeared for a week to accurately clean the sore.

      Plus, you need to regularly change clothes, all as it is necessary to wash and iron, tk. Spores still persist for a long time and on a shirt / shirt and on top clothes, on bed linens, etc.

  • Julia :

    Good afternoon. Tell me please. At my
    The very beginning of the fungus on the nail of the leg. Immediately began treatment with batrafen. Naturally, I handle it. She did without gloves, carefully wiped her hands with alcohol, then washed, then I smear with ointment candida. How to protect your nails from the fungus. Thank you.

  • Volodya. :

    I have a very fungus running under my toenails. And I do not know what to do. Whether there are tablets for reception inside along with use of ointments.

    • Doc :


      Yes there is. Itraconazole, terbinafine, fluconazole, look at our section "Preparations". Better if the pill and regimen appoint a doctor.

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