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What are fungal skin infections?

A fungal infection of the skin can create a great deal of discomfort, appearing as a red, intensely itchy, inflamed rash.

A common form of fungal skin infection is cutaneous candidiasis. It is caused by yeast organisms known as candida.

Skin fungal infections thrive in warm, moist areas of the body such as in the armpits or groin. It's also possible to get fungal infections on or around the mouth or nails.

These infections can be transferred through skin-to-skin contact as well as through contact with soiled towels or clothing.

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