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What is a fungal infection?
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A fungal infection occurs when an invading fungus takes over an area and is too much for the immune system to tackle. Fungi can breed in the air, soil, water, plants and other living organisms. Some fungi known as good fungi live in the human body and help strengthen the immune system while others invade the body and infect it externally or internally. It is crucial to keep oneself and surroundings clean to prevent fungal attack. So, wash well on a daily basis.
Who is at risk of a fungal infection?
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Fungal infections are quite common in humans and are usually not so serious if appropriate measures are taken early on and appropriately. People with strong immunity shall not easily be infected with fungus in the first place whereas people with really weak immunity can have a severe fungal infection even if they keep themselves relatively clean. Make the necessary lifestyle changes such as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and so on to improve your immune system naturally.
Cancer and diabetes increase a person's chance of acquiring a fungal infection.
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Cancer and diabetes are serious diseases that severely impact an individual s immune system. Due to a weak immune system, the fungus present in the environment invade can easily cause infection. It may either be external or internal, and the severity of the disease depends on the health conditions of the infected person. Do not take any medication without consulting your doctor if you are suffering from a serious disease. The medication may have adverse effects on your existing health condition.
Fungal infections can be dealt with using topical anti-fungal ointments.
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A person experiencing a fungal infection on the skin can find good results by applying special anti-fungal creams. However, fungal infections are caused by different types of fungi, and the same cream may not work for all types of fungal infections. Visit a doctor immediately if you are experiencing a fungal infection on your skin. The doctor will diagnose and prescribe right medication based on the type of fungal infection.
Athlete's foot is an infection in which fungus breeds in cold and dry conditions.
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Athlete s foot is quite a common fungal infection that attacks the skin surface on the feet mostly. The fungus that causes athlete s foot grows and breeds in a moist environment and is quite common in tropical climates. It causes redness, blisters, peeling and cracking of the skin. Also known as tinea pedis, this infection is quite common among athletes because of the fungus breeds in socks, shoes, shower floors, and poolside. To prevent such an infection from occurring, make sure you wear flip-flops in public showers and around swimming pools. This is where you can easily acquire athlete s foot.