What Causes Fungal Infections?
Fungal infections are usually the result of skin infection in the top layers by a type of fungus called a dermaphyte. Fungal infections are most common in the scalp, groin, or feet, though can occur anywhere in the body. Though they are usually not serious, if left untreated, they can lead to more serious bacterial infections, and those with a weakened immune system, such as autoimmune illnesses or the elderly, should take particular care. Common fungal infections include athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, candidiasis, and thrush.
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