Face fungus symptoms

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Face fungus is a condition known as Tinea Faciei. It is caused by a fungal infection due to different fungi-related microorganisms and pathogens that commonly affect the scalp, jaw line, upper lip and beard area (in men). Face fungus shows various symptoms that can be treated by anti-fungal medication in oral or topical forms. These symptoms may not be too serious but can give affected individuals significant discomforts.

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Ringworm

Ringworm is a common fungal infection on the face which manifests with the symptoms of redness and scaly patches. The lesion typically has a central clearing with an elevated border. The inflammatory symptom may further result to the appearance of vesicles that look like a fluid-filled blister along the borders of the inflamed area. Ringworms caused by fungi coming from animals tend to have more inflammatory response on the skin. Anti-fungal agents are the treatment prescribed for ringworm symptoms.

Inflammation

The fungal infection causes inflammatory response on the skin. It commonly appears on the neck, chin and jaw area. The upper lip is often spared. The inflammation is accompanied with an abscess-like appearance and the lesion is covered with crusts. This symptom also appears with nodules called kerions which can be misdiagnosed as furuncles which are abscesses caused by staphylococcus infection. The hair along the inflamed area becomes loose and brittle. Corticosteroids can be taken during the initial stage of inflammation as they suppress the inflammatory response and provide relief of symptoms.

Scaling

Scaling is a common symptom with face fungus. It commonly appears on the cheeks and is also common along the nose, around the eyes, forehead and the chin. It can appear as multiple lesions along the different areas of the face and looks like scaling patches accompanied with borders of vesicles and crusts. Anti-fungal medications in topical forms such as creams are beneficial on a scaling skin and non-oozing lesions.

Itching

The infected area tends to be itchy and is often accompanied with a burning sensation. The itchiness can be aggravated with exposure to sunlight. Scratching the affected area may aggravate the condition. Anti-fungal medications in topical forms such creams, lotions, gel and ointment as well as anti-fungal oral medications have anti-itch properties that help resolve symptoms of discomfort.

Redness

The infected area may be erythematous which is mainly characterised with redness which may become indistinct on dark pigmented skin. The hair along the area of diffuse erythema or redness may also become brittle and will tend to lose its lustre. Anti-fungal topical medications can reduce redness and relieve the inflammatory reaction on the skin.

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