Who is at risk for developing a fungal rash?

People who are more likely to develop a fungal rash include those who:

  • Are taking high-dose or long-term antibiotics or immunosuppressant drugs and/or have had a change in these or other medications
  • Are overweight
  • Are diabetics
  • Are incontinent (moisture gets trapped against the skin, causing skin damage)
  • Perspire heavily
  • Have a loss of mobility (are unable to maintain independent toileting)
  • Have used a new skin care product that irritates the skin

What does a fungal rash look like, feel like, and where is it more likely to occur?

A fungal rash is fiery-red in color and can spread across a large area. The color may be more intense at the center and may lack a distinct border. Smaller, more defined lesions may be present on the outer perimeter of the rash area. The rash may itch or burn. The rash is commonly seen across the buttocks but may extend into the groin area and thighs.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/20/2007.

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