A fungal rash is defined by its fiery red color that spreads over a wide area. The color might be brighter in the middle and lacks a distinct border. The smaller, more pronounced lesions might be present on the exterior edges of the rash.
In most cases, a fungal rash might burn or itch. The rash is typically seen across the buttocks but radiate into the groin region and thigh.
Who are at risk?
Those who are at risk for developing a fungal rash include the following:
- Using high-dose or long-term antibiotics or immunosuppressant drug
- Individuals diagnosed with diabetes
- Those who perspire excessively
- Those who are incontinent
- Loss of mobility
- Using a new skin care product that triggers skin irritation
Management of a fungal rash
- Make sure that the individual is in a comfortable position. Position a disposable basin, towel or bedpan beneath the affected site to protect the furniture or linens.
- Wash your hands using water and soap and wear gloves.
- Cleanse the site thoroughly and gently. Avoid rubbing the affected area. Pat the skin dry using a soft towel.
- Dab on an anti-fungal preparation. If the rash is dry, apply a thin coating until absorbed. If moist, dust with anti-fungal powder and brush off the excess.
- In case an anti-fungal product was not prescribed, look for over-the-counter products that contains 2% miconazole.
- If the individual is incontinent, dab on a thin layer of moisture barrier ointment over the anti-fungal cream.
- Discard the gloves properly and wash hands using water and soap.
As the fungal rash heals, the skin turns dry and flaky. It is vital to apply a moisturizing cream and lotion to hydrate the skin to prevent cracking and the formation of fissures.