What’s Causing the Rash Behind My Ear?
Rash behind my ear is caused by fungus. There are many types of fungi, but they all have one thing in common: They reproduce through spores (tiny seeds) that grow inside your body. When these spores get into your bloodstream or other parts of your body, they multiply and eventually cause a rash like this one. If you’re infected with any type of fungus, it will produce whiteheads and bumps on your skin. These whiteheads and bumps look very similar to those on your head. You may notice that some of them are larger than others.
The most common type of fungus causing this rash is called Candida albicans. Other types include Aspergillus fumigatus, Penicillium notatum, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptomyces aeruginosus. Some people don’t experience symptoms at all. Others develop a severe rash within days after exposure.
Most people recover completely from this condition without medical attention.
If you think you might have this condition, see your doctor right away! A simple test can tell if you’ve been exposed to fungus or not. The best way to treat this condition is with antifungal medication.
How to Treat and Prevent a Fungal Infection:
If you think you may have this rash, see your doctor as soon as possible! There are many things you can do to protect yourself from fungal infection, but the best way is to avoid getting an infection in the first place.
Practice good hygiene, especially when it comes to your skin and nails. This includes keeping them dry, clean, and short. Be sure to keep your fingernails cut short and clean. If you have a habit of biting your nails, stop immediately!
Long nails and fungi don’t mix.
Wash your hands often and keep them dry. Be sure to keep any skin abrasions or cuts clean as well.
Don’t go barefoot in locker rooms, pool areas, or any place with damp/wet floors.
Never use a communal brush or comb.
Don’t share towels or washcloths with anyone.
Do not apply lotion or any other skin care product to any skin abrasions. If you have to, use a q-tip or your finger to apply it. Be sure to clean the area first with soap and water.
Be especially aware of the condition of your feet and toes. Fungi love warm, wet dark areas and the inside of your shoes and socks provide all three! If you suspect you have a problem, see your doctor immediately!
In addition to practicing good hygiene and knowing the warning signs of fungal infection, there are antifungal drugs that can be used to treat this condition. See your doctor if you think you’re at risk!
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Sources & references used in this article:
Heal your body: The mental causes for physical illness and the metaphysical way to overcome them by L Hay – 1995 – books.google.com
Common skin disorders in the elderly by GF Webster – Clinical cornerstone, 2001 – Elsevier
The broken mirror: Understanding and treating body dysmorphic disorder by KA Phillips – 2005 – books.google.com