Can a Fungal Infection Cause Multiple Outbreaks at the Same Time?

When we think about rashes caused by fungal infection, we usually assume they will appear on only one part of the body at a time. For example, when we have jock itch, we only see the rash on one spot – the groin, buttock, or inner thigh area. However, one condition can manifest with several outbreaks that affect different areas of the body. The condition is called pityrosporum folliculitis and it’s relatively common in the U.S.

Here are the pityrosporum folliculitis symptoms, causes, and treatment options.

Pityrosporum Folliculitis Symptoms

This infection typically affects the skin around your hairline, face, back, chest, and upper arms. It manifests with small red bumps similar to acne. It can cause recurring breakouts that appear on multiple areas of the body, so people sometimes mistake this condition for hormonal breakouts.

What Causes the Infection?

Pityrosporum folliculitis is caused by the yeast bacteria that live on the surface of our skin. Although the yeast lives naturally on our skin, it can start overgrowing and feeding on the oil found on our skin, which is why the infection is most common on naturally oily parts of our body.

Treatment Options

The condition is considered benign, meaning it can cause discomfort but it’s not a sign of an underlying condition.

There are many treatment options for this infection. Itraconazole has been very effective so far, although your doctor may prescribe you a cocktail of anti-acne creams to go along with your oral antifungal medication if you have acne.


Now that you’re familiar with the most common pityrosporum folliculitis symptoms and treatment options, you can distinguish this infection from similar conditions. Contact your doctor if you notice your outbreak isn’t going away after using anti-acne treatment.

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