Due to constant irritation and moisture, the armpit is one of the most popular areas of the body for rashes. As many other skin conditions, these rashes come in different shapes and sizes, with different causes and treatment options. In this article, we will be going over some things you should know about armpit fungal infections.
Causes: Dermatophytes and Candida
There are two main culprits for armpit fungal infections – dermatophytes and Candida. While Candida is known to many people as a fungus that causes many common yeast infections, the role of dermatophytes is not that well-known. These fungi feed on superficial layers of the skin and are responsible for most fungal skin infections like athlete’s foot, ringworm, and eczema.
Symptoms: Itching, Burning, and Rash
The symptoms of these infections are hard to tell apart from other similar skin conditions. In addition to the usual itching and burning that comes with many other skin irritations, fungal infections may be accompanied by a foul odor and fluid discharge. The rash may be ring-shaped, especially if caused by dermatophytes.
Treatment: Antifungal Medication
Most armpit fungal infections can be treated with antifungal creams and powders, most of which can be purchased over the counter. In more severe cases, your doctor may prescribe you with oral fluconazole to help inhibit Candida growth. Most of these infections will go away within two weeks, if treated with proper medication.
Although armpit fungal infections aren’t a serious medical condition, they are not to be ignored. If you notice any symptoms that don’t go away by themselves in a couple of days, visit your doctor and start your treatment.