Beach fungus (Malassezia furfur) has nothing to do with the beach. The fungal infection is harmless but can change the pigmentation of the skin as a result of an overgrowth of the fungus. Its more commonly referred to as beach fungus as people notice it as outer layers come off and we expose our skin to the warmer weather and go to the beach. In fair skinned people the condition is often seen in summer months because the patches, which do not tan, become more obvious.
Understanding Beach Fungus
Beach fungus sits on the upper body, arms, and neck and is uncommon on other parts of the body, and is more common in young people. Beach Fungus isn’t usually irritating or uncomfortable but can look unpleasant.
Beach Fungus treatment
Treating beach fungus early helps avoid the fungus spreading to other areas of your body. Canesten has a range of anti-fungal products that are suitable for treating beach fungus.
Beach fungus has nothing to do with the beach, but it is a fungal infection which may take some time to treat. The name beach fungus comes from it becoming more visible due to tanning of the surrounding skin after sun exposure.
Beach fungus is not contagious, and you can not spread it or receive it from anyone else. It is over growth of fungus that is normally found on your skin "Malassezia furfur" which is due to exposure to warm and humid conditions.