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Fungi are common microorganisms that can be found anywhere, even on human skins! While fungal infections are very frequent, rarely serious or life-threatening, they can be quite itchy and annoying. But no worries, major mild fungal infections can be treated and prevented with certain precautions.
YES! Here are a few preventive measures and treatments to help you treat fungal infections!
What Are The Types Of Common Fungal Infections?
- Tinea Pedis (athlete’s foot)- infection caused as the fungi grow in the skin between your toes and on the soles of the feet
- Onychomycosis (Fungal infection on nail) – In this kind of infection, toenails are more likely to be affected than the fingernails.
- Ringworm (ring-shaped rashes) – Ringworm is highly contagious and affects most exposed body parts, such as arms, legs, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and back.
- Ringworm in the groin (commonly known as jock itch)- is common in young men but also affects women.
- Pityriasis Versicolor (Yeast infection)- it appears as patches of scaly and mildly itchy skin that can be pink, brown, or red in color
- Tinea Capitis (ringworm on the scalp)- it appears as patches on the scalp and it can be scaly and become itchy.
How To Prevent Fungal Infection?
The risk of getting a fungal infection can be reduced through some precautions such as:
- Dry your skin well after you take a shower
- Dry well between your toes
- Wear loose-fitting clothes that are made of breathable material
- Avoid fabrics that promote sweating
- Change your shoes often and dry them well in case of any wetness or excess sweating
- Don’t walk barefoot in public areas such as swimming pools, public bathrooms, saunas, and showers.
- Properly wash or sterilize essentials like clothes, pillows, cutlery, and socks in case you or any of your family members have a fungal infection.
How To Treat Fungal Infections?
Homecare To Treat Infection!
- After taking a shower, make sure to dry the affected area of your skin thoroughly with disposable tissues instead of a towel (since it can be difficult to remove fungi from dense fabrics unless they are boiled)
- Keep your nails short and clean if a fungal infection is prevalent in that area. Sterilize the tools you use to cut your nails or throw them away completely once the infection is treated.
- Clean under your nails with Hydrogen Peroxide or disinfectant solutions from the pharmacy.
- Change your socks daily and wear breathable clothes
Usage Of Topical Agents (applied to a specific area) To Treat Infection!
Anti-fungal agents are usually recommended to be applied directly onto the infected area. And these are known as topical agents that come in various forms like lotions, creams, shampoos, and medicated powders. Most of these topical agents are available as over-the-counter medication from a pharmacist so visiting your doctor is unnecessary unless you need a prescription.
Most antifungal creams or solutions contain medicines such as clotrimazole, econazole, or miconazole. If you have a fungal infection that covers a large area of your skin, you may need oral medication— so consult with your doctor and proceed with any kind of treatment.