If there’s anything that’s more annoying than the heat and sweat, it’s definitely skin infections and conditions like prickly heat, folliculitis, and athlete’s foot. But fear not, you’ve come to the right place to have a happy, healthy! Read on for types of skin infections common and how you can go about preventing them from occurring and treating them.
How Common Are Skin Infections?
Dermatologist Dr. Meeta Desai says, “The incidence of skin diseases varies in urban and rural areas; it may range from 10 to 20 percent in urban areas and 40 to 50 percent in rural areas. Also, those working outside in the heat are more prone to skin infections than those who stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment.”
Tip: Apart from soaring temperatures, Dr. Desai lists sweat and humidity, wearing tight and synthetic clothes, living in closed and crowded spaces as some reasons for skin infections. Also, avoid sharing clothes to prevent the spread of infection.
What Are The Types Of Skin Infections?
Dr. Desai lists common skin conditions and their symptoms.
Tinea Cruris And Tinea Corporis
Commonly known as ringworm, this fungal infection is mostly present as a dry itchy ring with central clearing. Common areas for ringworm infection are the groin, underarms, and other skin folds. It may have accompanying bacterial folliculitis because of scratching.
Characterized by multiple white or black, small round dry spots on the upper body (chest, back, shoulders, and face), this condition doesn’t present any other symptoms.
This is one of the types of skin infections that’s common in summer. An athlete’s foot is a fungal infection occurring in people wearing tight-fitting…