There are 2 types of common fungal skin infections — tinea and candida.
Otherwise known as athlete’s foot, occurs between the toes, usually on the underside. The skin is soft and whitish with cracks and a red eruption. There is usually itching, odour and burning or stinging.
Tinea cruris, or jock itch, is red and itchy and affects the genital area, groin or inner thigh.
Tinea corporis, or ringworm, causes itchy, red circular lesions with a raised edge, but with a clear area of ‘good’ skin in the centre of the circle. It often occurs in body folds.
Candida albicans, or thrush, can be associated with nappy rash, extending into the groin and with red pustules. Common sites of thrush in adults include under the breasts, in the armpits and around the groin.
Women may also suffer vaginal thrush, which is treated with a special range of vaginal products.
You should seek medical advice if:
Last Reviewed: 13 July 2001