Fungal Skin Infections
Fungal Skin Infections Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
Any part of your body can easily get affected by a fungal skin infection. The good news is that these infections are usually treatable and clears up in a few weeks. Examples of fungal skin infections include intertrigo, ringworm, and Athlete’s foot.
Mobidoctor physicians are here to help you manage your fungal infection well. They can provide you with advice on treatment and preventing the infection from happening again.
Symptoms of Fungal Skin Infections
Itchiness is generally a common symptom across all kinds of fungal infections. It can be accompanied by a rash and skin that’s scaling, peeling, and flaking. Typical fungal infections manifest this way, but other symptoms specific to the condition may also be present.
Have your Mobidoctor physician assess the symptoms of your fungal infection as soon as possible. He can provide you with treatment plans to help ease these symptoms and eliminate the fungi from your skin.
What Causes Fungal Skin Infections?
Contact with a person carrying a fungal infection is often the main reason why you get infected as well. Human skin-to-skin contact, touching contaminated items, sharing towels and beds, and walking barefoot in areas with plenty of people all contribute to passing fungal infections around.
Poor skin hygiene is also another factor to consider. Fungi love warm, damp, and wet areas. They multiply quickly in such conditions. So, if you do not dry your feet well after each shower, you leave lots of moisture in between your toes, which may start an Athlete’s foot. The same infection can also appear if you have sweaty feet.
Prolonged antibiotic use may also facilitate a fungal infection. People with weakened immune systems and those with diabetes also develop fungal infections quickly.
How to Treat a Fungal Infection
Doctors usually prescribe antifungals that can stop the fungi from multiplying or those that directly kill the fungi. These medications are available as oral tablets or as creams, ointments, and lotions that you can directly apply to affected skin areas.
The frequency and length of time to use an antifungal is highly important in the success of your treatment. Your physician will help you determine all these. He can also give you prescriptions to ensure you have an adequate supply of medications for a speedy recovery.
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