When talking about fungus, foremost, many may link fungus to mushrooms growing on a moist tree trunk, or an old bread with mold on it. There are millions of fungi species among which mushrooms & mold are the most well-known ones. Despite millions of species, approx only 300 can cause infection in human beings.

Fungi tend to multiply in the body’s moist areas where skin surfaces meet like between the toes, genital area, or under the breasts. Fungal skin infection also know as mycosis, is a skin condition induced by a fungus. Typical fungal skin infections are generated by yeasts or dermatophytes, such as EpidermophytonMicrosporum, and Trichophyton. Obese people are at risk because they have excessive skin folds, which, if not cleaned or left damp for a long time, is prone to fungal infection. People with a weakened immune system or diabetes are susceptible to fungal infection.

How to Treat Fungal Skin Infections

In most cases, fungal skin infection may not be severe and can be managed with medications or antifungal powder that skin specialist or dermatologist prescribes. Generally, skin specialist suggests over-the-counter antifungal treatments like ointment or cream along with strict prevention measures not to let fungal skin infection reoccur. If it gets worse or you are not sure about your skin condition, consult online our skin specialist at Zafeerah Skin Clinic, for accurate diagnosis and treatment of the skin state.

How To Prevent Fungal Skin Infections

Anyone can suffer from a fungal skin infection, irrespective of their age. Fungal infection tends to develop on moist, damp, unaired & unclean areas on our body like feet, groin & folds of skin. Prevention is better than cure also applies when it comes to fungal infection. Few tips one can follow to prevent fungal infections 

Maintaining overall hygiene – Fungal infections are very infectious, but mere hygiene practices can go an extended way to avoid spreading to different parts of the body or other person. Try to maintain the best hygiene, which includes oral health; keep skin clean & dry. Cut your fingernails and toenails regularly to keep them clean.

Avoid sharing/using personal items – One should avoid sharing clothes and towels, as some fungal skin infections can be contagious & often spread through direct contact. In some cases, it is recommended to use different towels to clean the infected area and the rest of the body. 

Wear clean clothes – Wear clean and dry clothes, especially socks & underwear, to get rid of fungal spores. Wash and iron clothes regularly. Ironing clothes eliminate fungus; hence the chance of reinfection is effectively reduced. Also, Prefer clothing and shoes that breathe well and avoid tight clothes or shoes.

Keep skin dry – damp and moist skin areas can become a fertile area for the fungus to develop. Make sure you keep your skin dry. Carefully pat dry body after bathing, showering, or swimming. Don’t ignore feet & keep them dry.

Be cautious at public places – We can’t be assured of cleanliness at public places. Avoid walking barefoot in public showers and gyms. Clean down shared surfaces like gym equipment or mats.

Avoid infection via animal – Take adequate care if you have infected animals around you. Wash hand after touching infected animals as fungal infection are contagious. Take your pet to vet for diagnosis and treatment of infection.