Fungus infections of the skin : how to avoid
Today, we take a closer look at some of the most common fungal skin infections as renowned Dermatologist Dr Sonam talks about the ways they can be treated and prevented.
As most dermatologists would agree we were already facing the fungal epidemic long before the corona pandemic started.
8 out of 10 patients visiting the dermatology clinics are diagnosed as Superficial Fungal Infections.
The commonest question patients have in their minds soon after being diagnosed with Fungal infections is
Where does the fungus come from ?
Fungi live everywhere. They can be found in plants, soil, and even on your skin. These microscopic organisms on your skin typically don’t cause any problem, unless they multiply faster than normal or penetrate your skin through a cut or lesion.
Since fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, fungal skin infections can often develop in sweaty or damp areas that don’t get much airflow. Some examples include the feet, groin, and folds of skin.
Often, these infections appear as a scaly rash or discoloration of the skin that is often itchy.
Fungal skin infections are often spread through direct contact. This can include coming into contact with fungi on clothing or other items, or on a person or animal.
What are the common types of fungal infections ?
Fungi can infect the skin, Hair, Nails and the mucosal surfaces although most commonly they are found on skin and nails.
Some common sites for fungal itch are
1. Body- commonly called Ringworm
2.Between the toes- commonly called Athletes foot
3. In the groins- commonly called Jockey itch
4. On the scalp- commonly called Dandruff
5. In the nails- commonly called Onychomycosis
6. Pustules and redness In skin folds- commonly seen in diabetics
Why did you get it ?
There are several factors that can put you at an increased risk of getting a fungal skin infection. These include:
🔥 living in a warm or wet environment
🔥not keeping your skin clean and dry
🔥 sharing items like clothing, shoes, towels, or bedding
🔥 wearing tight clothing or footwear that doesn’t breathe well
🔥 taking part in activities that involve frequent skin-to-skin contact
🔥 coming into contact with animals that may be infected
🔥 having coexisting medical conditions like diabetes.
How to AVOID?
To keep fungal infections and itchy rashes away Strictly following General measures like:
✅ bathing twice daily with cold water.
✅ Using loose cotton based clothing.
✅ Keeping the area dry at all times.
✅ Avoid excessive sweating by use of Air conditioners or air coolers.
✅ Avoid long hours of sitting in one place.
✅ Avoid using public washrooms.
If this hasn't helped you enough you must visit your Dermatologist for a complete ANTI FUNGAL treatment course.
It is very important to note Incomplete course of medications or incorrect choice of creams like steroid combinations can lead to severe infections relapsing soon after medications are discontinued.
📌 A DERMATOLOGIST IS THE BEST DOCTOR TO TREAT YOUR FUNGAL INFECTION PROBLEMs.
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