Understand and Treat Fungal Infections on Skin
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Lynn, Eng
Fungal infections of the skin can be such a bother, particularly when they are persistent. The most common fungal infections of the skin include athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections. These become especially problematic when secondary infections set in, or when the affected person has diabetes. There are several safe and effective ways to treat fungal infections, and you will be surprised at how of the best remedies are readily available from your own kitchen cupboard.
There are several traditional ways to deal with these infections, and although they may not yield results as speedily as commercial preparations, these remedies are often less toxic and have fewer side effects. Treatments for these skin problems can be expected to take time. Moreover, in some cases, good habits have to be set in place.
Athlete's foot or tinea pedis is a fungal infection affecting the skin of the feet. Certain symptoms are indicative of the presence of this fungal infection. The skin of the feet may peel, or crack, or develop blisters. Scaling of the feet may occur, sometimes accompanied by redness, itching, and a burning sensation. The affected areas may be concentrated between the toes (usually the two smallest toes), or the entire sole of the foot, or other parts of the fruit.
Ringworm or tinea corporis is a fungal infection that can appear anywhere in the body. The affected area develops a flat circular reddish sore that is often accompanied by scaly skin. Usually the outer part of the circular infection is raised and reddish or scaly while the middle appears normal.
Yeast infections of the skin are actually caused by candida, a yeast-like fungus. This infection is manifested by red, scaling, itchy rash on the skin. The infection may appear as a rash, as patches that ooze with clear fluid, or as tiny boils. Usually, the fungus affects moist, warm, creased skin such as that found in the armpits and the groin. It is common among obese people and diabetics. However, the mouth, the genitals, and the nail beds can also be affected by so-called yeast infections
When a fungal infection hits the nail bed, the nail growing out may appear white or yellowish and spongy. It may also grow away from the nail bed. A fungal infection affecting the mouth is commonly referred to as oral thrush. It is recognizable by the appearance of white patches on the inside of the mouth and the tongue. When the female genitalia are affected by a yeast infection, the symptoms include redness, itching, and a yellowish discharge.
Jock itch or tinea cruris consists of a fungal infection that is usually found in warm, moist skin. The areas frequently affected by this infection are the genitals, inner thighs, and buttocks. Infections usually worsen during summer months. These are characterized by redness, itching, and the presence of circular rashes, and by flaking or peeling skin.
Usual Causes of Fungal Infections
Fungal infections are generally caused by one or a combination of several factors. These include:
- Use of antibiotics. Sometimes the use of antibiotics causes an imbalance in the microorganisms in the human body. This leads to the excessive growth of fungi.
- Diabetes. This creates an environment that nurtures the growth of fungi in the body.
- Contamination. Infection can take place through sharing of linen and clothes, utensils, shoes, or bath slippers.
- Tight clothing. The use of tight-fitting clothes may make an individual more prone to infection.
- Flawed hygienic measures. People can get infected if they neglect to wash hands regularly, put on socks when their feet are not dry, or do not allow their clothes and towels to dry properly.
- Weak immune system. Individuals with a weak immune system are more prone to fungal infections.
The treatment for fungal infections will depend on the specific type of fungi and the body part affected. Most home remedies for fungal infections are easy to assemble and apply. Here are some of them:
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings
- Traditional health practitioners advise their patients to avoid coffee and to instead drink teas made of ginger or chamomile. It is believed that both teas help keep the body balanced so that it is better able to fight fungal infections.
- In addition to this, patients who are trying to treat their fungal infections are advised to sanitize their surroundings, change their bedding daily, and make sure their clothes (especially underwear and towels) are regularly laundered and dried well.
Categories : Skin Care & Diseases
Recent edits by: Lynn, Nerissa Avisado