Anal mycosis - Definition

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Anal mycosis is a fungal infection of the anal area where minute fungi grow. The infection is common among babies due to moist diapers providing an optimal environment for skin maceration and fungal development. Principal symptoms include itching and redness in the area between the buttocks. Apart from the obvious discomfort caused by this form of mycosis, the only complication is a potential secondary infection of wounds caused by scratching. Treatment essentially consists of multiple applications of an antifungal cream (which kills the fungus) on the affected area until the anal mycosis disappears.