Many of you have experienced skin fungus at some point of your lives, something which is inevitable having in mind that fungi live almost everywhere.
There are fungi that live normally on our skin, in controlled numbers so we don’t even know they exist.
However, if they reproduce in large numbers they might cause athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch or yeast infections. Being reproduced like this, fungi are not dangerous, but very annoying and uncomfortable.
Sharing clothes and personal care products are one of the main reasons for getting fungi infections.
No worries, we will present you some ways you can prevent them.
People who are mostly at risk to get a fungal infection are :
- People who sweat a lot
- People that have a low immunity
- People who work close together with other people that might get infected, such as doctors, nurses, students etc.
- People who have been using antibiotics or immunosuppressants for a longer period of time
- People or children who cannot restrain from urinating
As fungus need moisture for its reproduction, it is logical that the most common parts where it is likely to happen and thrive are armpits, toes and feet, genital area and places where skin creases.
The way you can get infected is through a contact with an infected person or their skin cells. So, be careful when going to the pool or locker rooms. Make sure to have your own towel or comb whenever you need them.
Since fungus need moist places to thrive, always wear clean cotton underwear, keep your toes dry and clean and regularly dry the skin under the breasts.
As we previously mentioned, one of the reasons for getting fungus is low immune system, so boost your immunity and get yourself a proper diet. Increase the intake of fruits and veggies and drink a lot of probiotic yoghurt. Lower the intake of sugar, because fungus feeds on it. Stay hydrated.
Fungal infections are highly transmissible. Make sure that if you are already infected to prevent the transmission and avoid scratching the affected area. Wash the infected places regularly and dry it with a clean towel.
Inform yourself of the symptoms of the different fungal infections. They may all be caused by fungus, but they differ by the area on which they appear and have different symptoms.
For example, athlete’s foot affects the toes and between them,and it causes red skin.
Jock itch on the other hand, appears in the groin area, typically affects teen boys and adult males who play sports and spend a lot of time in locker rooms. It is followed by red patches on the skin that feel sore.
Ringworm infection is manifested as a small lifted red area, similar to a small blemish. It is prickly and becomes flaky very fast. It can appear on different parts of the body except for the scalp, feet and groin.
The good thing about these infections is that they are not life threatening and can be treated successfully. There are antifungal creams and powders that can help you and you don’e even need a prescription of a doctor. Anyway, it is recommended that you ask your doctor before you purchase these products.