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FAQ's For Fungal Infection

Fungal skin infections are caused by fungii like tinea and candida, which live on plants, in the dirt, on household surfaces or on the skin.

Fungal infections can be treated using fungus infection creams, ointments and suppositories. In case of severe infection, a doctor may presrcibe oral medication as well. ANti-fungal foot powders and washes can be used to prevent fungus as well. They are commonly sold in tropical countries, where the humid climate becomes a breeding ground for fungii.

Fungal infections aren't necessarily life threatening. However, if left untreated, symptoms can get worse and cause a lot of discomfort to patients.

If left untreated, fungal infections can spread to other nearby parts and infect deeper layers of the skin. Some are also contagious and can cause other people to contract the same fungus.

It usually takes about a week for a fungal infection to clear up if medication is used religiously for two weeks.

A fungal infection, or mycosis, is any infection of the skin caused by a fungus. There are several different types of fungi that can live in the dirt, on plants, on the surfaces of household items and even on skin.
Common symptoms of a fungal skin infection are:
Swelling or inflammation
Scaly skin

There are several different types of fungal infections, the most common being:
Jock Itch: Jock itch breeds in warm, moist environments like the genital area, inner thighs, and buttocks. It causes a red, itchy, ring-shaped rash.
Athlete’s Foot: It occurs in warm, wet environments like shoes, socks, public washrooms, public swimming pools, and locker rooms, often during the summer. It causes painful blisters on the foot.
Ringworm: It is not caused by a worm, but in fact a fungus called tinea. It is characterized by red, circular, flat sores resembling worms.
Yeast infection: It is caused by a fungus called candida, and causes infections in warm, moist creases or folds of the body. It commonly occurs in the nails, mouth or vagina, and can cause diaper rash in babies.

Prevention is always better than cure. Here are some simple ways in which one can prevent fungal skin infections:
• Wear shower sandals in public swimming pools, shower rooms, and other moist, warm communal spaces.
• Wear shoes that allow the feet to breathe and avoid tight shoes.
• Wash the feet every day with soap and water.
• Use antifungal powder on the skin during humid summers.
• Bathe and change clothes and undergarments every day.
• Avoid scented soaps in the vaginal area.

Fungal infection treatment depends on the type of infection. Here are some overarching methods to treat fungal infections of the skin:
Apply OTC or prescription antifungal medicines
Wash and dry the area with a clean towel
In case of Jock Itch, change clothes every day, especially undergarments
In case of athlete’s foot, anti-fungus foot powders can help prevent the condition

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