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Beach Fungus Treatment & Symptoms

Beach fungus may not cause much discomfort as jock itch and ringworm, but this condition may trigger problems for your appearance and may take some time to treat. Although this condition can affect almost anyone, it is more common in young people.

What are the Causes of Beach Fungus?

Beach fungus develops when there is an overgrowth of fungus called Malassezia furfur. It usually affects the upper body, including the arms, neck, and face. Some people often associate the cause of this condition with high humidity, hormonal changes and poor immune system. This condition isn't as contagious as other tinea-related infection, as the fungus is a normal part of the skin.

What are the Symptoms?

People with beach fungus often have multiple lesions. These may appear in different colours, such as white, salmon, or sometimes even darker than the surrounding skin. The lesions may also have a reddish undertone that can darken when exposed to heat, which makes them more obvious if you have fair skin. In some cases, the patches may feel slightly itchy.

How Do You Treat Beach Fungus?

Different antifungal medications are available for treating beach fungus. Doctors may give over-the-counter medications that contain miconazole and clotrimazole. Oral medications containing itraconazole and atorvastatin may also be effective against this condition. Recurrence is common, but may be reduced by applying topical antifungal treatment.

Beach fungus may be common, but this doesn’t give you an excuse to neglect treatment. Consult your doctor as soon as symptoms start appearing to avoid the fungus from spreading across your body.

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