Doctor's Notes on Fungal Skin Infection vs. Eczema: Differences
The fungus Candida (commonly referred to as a yeast infection) commonly causes fungal skin infections, though some other types of fungi also may cause infection. Examples of fungal skin infections include diaper rash, systemic candidiasis, candidal paronychia, and body rash. Eczema (also called eczematous dermatitis) is a common skin condition that causes skin irritation and inflammation.
- skin redness,
- itching (may be intense), and
- red rash.
Signs and symptoms of fungal skin infections vary depending on the location of the infection and may also include
- softened red skin in body fold areas,
- hot and painful skin, and
- discoloration of the fingernails and toenails.
Symptoms and signs of eczema also include
- bumps that itch and burn,
- painful cracks in the skin,
- puffy/red/itching eyelids, and
- oozing or crusty sores.
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