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Fungal Infection - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test not required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Spread through the air or contaminated surfaces
Symptoms
Skin pigmentation Loss of colour Small bumps Rashes

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Are You Suffering From Eczema? What Are the Causes Behind?

Dr. Himanshu Singhal 91% (10 ratings)
MD - Skin,VD & Lepxsy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Rewari
Are You Suffering From Eczema? What Are the Causes Behind?
Eczema is not a disease per se, but is a name given collectively to a group of medical conditions, which can cause the skin to become inflamed and irritated. Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common types of eczema. Causes While the exact cause of eczema is not known, the most commonly attributed reason is an increasingly sensitive immune system. The overactive immune system produces antibodies, which cause these skin reactions. It is also noted that people with allergies including hay fever and asthma are more likely to develop eczema. Other conditions which can lead to eczema include allergic dermatitis, irritant dermatitis, stasis dermatitis, scabies, fungal infections, xerotic dermatitis, lichen planus and scalp infections. There is also a genetic predisposition, and children whose parents have had eczema are likely to develop eczema. Symptoms In most people, eczema is present in the form of small blisters, which are filled with fluid and can ooze. Gradually, there could be dryness, crusting, scaling and thickening of the skin with plaque formation. The most common symptom would be itching. The different types of eczema as noted above would have diagnostic features. For instance, when testing for irritant or contact dermatitis, there would be an irritant that is causing this. Stasis dermatitis would have circulatory issues and often affects the lower legs. In fair-skinned people, these lesions begin as red and then turn brown. There also could be lightening of the affected skin area in people with slightly darker skin. Diagnosis For a trained medical eye, diagnosis of eczema is not a tough task. A complete physical examination may be done to assess the extent of eczema spread. Blood tests may be done to test for allergies. In very rare cases, a biopsy may also be required. Treatment The goal of treatment is to reduce itching and improve moisturization. Eczema, unless associated with an infection, is not contagious. Using copious amounts of creams and lotions help in improving hydration and moisturization, as they are allowed to soak into the skin. Topical steroids may be required if allergy is suspected. In most cases, hydrocortisone and corticosteroid creams are very effective. Associated infections like scalp infections and fungal infections should also be treated with suitable products. Immunomodulator creams like Elidel are useful by suppressing the immune system and preventing flare up of the allergic reactions. Cold compresses may be used to relieve itching. Prevention Since there is a strong genetic component related to eczema, prevention is helpful. Constantly keep the skin moist and hydrated by using moisturizers, especially during winters. Avoid clothes and metals which can cause allergy- like wool, nickel, harsh soaps, detergents, etc. Avoid or be careful about food items which are known to cause allergies.
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Fungal Infection

Dr. Sandeep Gupta 90% (1292 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Delhi
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How To Avoid Risk Of Fungal Infection?
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Ringworm - Decoding Common Myths!

Dr. Manju Keshari 91% (44 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Ghaziabad
Ringworm - Decoding Common Myths!
Ringworm is something which is quite unpleasant to have, to say the very least. However, there are just so many myths about it and if a person is to avoid it, debunking of these myths is something which is quite critical! It comes in all forms! Ringworm can affect a person even when he or she thinks it is something else. As a matter of fact, a barber s itch is not a form of lice, as many people believe it to be. In actuality, it is a beard ringworm! The effect of this sort of ringworm can be quite irritating as what happens is that there is swelling of the face and sometimes even the person s neck. There are various parts of the body which can be affected by ringworm, apart from the face. These include the scalp, the feet and sometimes, even the groin area. Anyone can get it! Many people are of the opinion that it is only children who are at risk to get ringworm. While it is true that children seem to have the propensity to be diagnosed with it, it is something which can affect people across all age groups. As a result, it is very important for a person to be aware of ringworm and what it looks like regardless of his or her age. It is not caused by worms! No matter how misleading its name may be, there is actually no worm as such which leads to the problem known as ringworm. In fact, it is caused by dermatophytes, which are a sort of fungi. The reason why it is called ringworm is due to the effect it has on the skin; it red spots on the skin in the pattern of rings, usually. However, if a person happens to get ringworm of the scalp, then he or she may not develop the rings which are associated with ringworm. In its stead, he or she may see that the scalp is getting progressively flaky. A flaky scalp is often seen due to the effects of dandruff. In fact, both conditions are often confused. Antibiotics don t work! When a person in a house has ringworm, it is generally thought that the problem is one which would go away as a result of following a course of treatment which involves some antibiotics. However, when it comes to ringworm, this is not the case. On account of the fact that it is a fungal infection, it is treated with anti-fungal medicines. Antibiotics kill bacteria. The fact that ringworm can be caught or given to a pet makes it something worth worrying about!
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Vaginal Fungal Infection - The Best Way You Can Deal With It!

Dr. Aradhana Aggarwal 89% (50 ratings)
MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fellowship in Fetal Medicine
Gynaecologist, Amritsar
Vaginal Fungal Infection - The Best Way You Can Deal With It!
Vaginal fungal infection, otherwise called candidiasis, is a typical female condition. Fungal infections are brought on by the growth Candida. This growth is connected with extreme itching, swelling, and irritation. Every fungal infection is distinctive. Therefore, your doctor will recommend a treatment that is best for you. Medicines are by and large decided depending upon the seriousness of the infection. A particular type of yeast called Candida albicans brings about most of the fungal infections. These fungal infections are effectively treatable. In case you are having repeating infections or issues disposing of an infection with ordinary treatment, then an alternate form of Candida may be the cause. A lab test can tell your doctor which sort of Candida you have. Here are a few ways with which you can deal with vaginal fungal infections: Simple infections For simple fungal infections, your specialist will mostly recommend the following treatment(s): A one to three-day application of an antifungal cream, balm or tablet Normal antifungal medicines is butoconazole (Gynazole), miconazole (Lotrimin), Monistat, and terconazole (Terazol). These medicines can be either prescribed or available over-the-counter. A solitary intake of oral medicine, for example, fluconazole (Diflucan). Women with simple fungal infections need to follow up with their specialist to make sure whether the medicine worked. A follow-up will likewise be important if your symptoms return within two months. Complicated infections Certain types of Candida will not react to simple treatment and will require a more forceful strategy. In case you meet one of the following criteria, your specialist will more likely tell you that your fungal infection is an extreme one. Conceivable medications for extreme or complicated vaginal fungal infections include: 14-day cream, balm, tablet, or suppository vaginal treatment A few measures of fluconazole (Diflucan) Long-term medicine of fluconazole (Diflucan) that is taken once a week for six weeks. Treatment of your sexual partner or use of condoms while having intercourse. You can treat vaginal fungal infections with regular cures in case that you might want to abstain from taking physician-recommended medicine. These are some mainstream normal cures: Tea tree oil cream Garlic or boric acid vaginal balms Plain yoghurt taken orally or applied into the vagina Here are some normal strategies for counteractive action: Abstain from wearing tight jeans, underwear, tights, or stockings Abstain from utilising female antiperspirant or antiperspirant tampons or cushions Try not to roam around in wet clothes, particularly swimsuits Eat an all around adjusted diet Eat yoghurt or eat foods with lactobacillus Wear soft clothing, for example, cotton, cloth, or silk Abstain from sitting in hot tubs Wash clothes in warm water Abstain from using hot water bags Throw away old underwear as often as possible
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Fungal Infections ( Ringworm) - Prevention And Cure

Dr. Rohit Batra 89% (207 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
Fungal infections like Jock itch or tinea Cruris and corporis are becoming very common in Delhi, India. Such is the quanta of the problem that many families are now coming with all members being affected with this irritating fungal infection. Q: How are Fungal Infections caused? Answer: Tinea Cruris are caused by fungi or yeast . Commonest cause are the dermatophytes which grow in hot and humid climates. Fungal infections in Delhi, India are more common during the months of monsoon i.e May to August but in recent year it is seen that Fungal infections now remian all throughout the year. FUNGAL INFECTION -RINGWORM JOCK ITCH TREATMENT IN DELHI Fungal infections like Jock itch or tinea Cruris and corporis are becoming very common in Delhi, India. Such is the quanta of the problem that many families are now coming with all members being affected with this irritating fungal infection. Q: How are Fungal Infections caused? Answer: Tinea Cruris are caused by fungi or yeast . Commonest cause are the dermatophytes which grow in hot and humid climates. Fungal infections in Delhi, India are more common during the months of monsoon i.e May to August but in recent year it is seen that Fungal infections now remian all throughout the year. Q: Are fungal infections communicable/ contagious? Answer: Not really . The spores are everywhere and can easily start to grow in warm body parts like the body folds and private parts. Families who share towels, have pets at home might caught the fungal infections because the spores shift from one to another . Q: Is fungal infection and eczema are the same? Answer: Fungal infections are caused by fungal spores and is an infection while eczema is a condition of skin when oozing and crusting occurs as a result of excessive scratching. Irritation can occur because of dryness or at time allergies. Eczema is not an infection. Q: What is the best treatment for Fungal infections like Tinea Cruris? Answer: The best treatment for fungal infections like Tinea Cruris of Joc Itch consists of oral and topical antifungals. Various oral antifungals used to treat tinea cruris in Delhi, India inculde Fluconazole, terbinafine, itraconazole etc. Topical treatment options include creams containing luliconazole, ketoconazole, eberconazole, terbinafine , clotrimazole etc. Q: Which is the best cream available cream for treating tinea cruris in Delhi, INDIA? Answer: Fungal Infections like tinea cruris or jock itch have become so common n Delhi, India because of the rampant use of over the counter creams by people. These creams contain steroids and other drugs which suppress the infection and as soon as the patient stops these creams the fungal infection comes back. Such use of OTC creams for Tinea infection in Delhi, India has led to drug resistant Tinea and other fungal infection. Even Dermatologist sfind it difficult to treat such Fungal infections at times. So one should avoid self medication and visit a specialist for a complete cure of the condition.
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Popular Questions & Answers

Mere hair bahut tut rahe hen or wite bhi ho gaye mujhe fungal infection bhi he or indigestion bhi hota h.

Dr. Jatin Soni 92% (26141 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I will suggest you to wash your hair daily with lux shampoo and apply hair oil daily and Few diet tips - Not to eat fried food items and Can eat All green vegetables, moong , chana , Dal , rice etc And to apply ghee over chappati and don’t apply oil over chappati And to drink milk mixed with turmeric powder twice a day And If possible eat eggs on alternate days And If possible in breakfast eat atleast one bajra ka rotla And Eat seasonal fruit

White pimples on my testicles and they are getting hard day by day and becoming more white I don't know anything about it I'm not getting any treatment for it please explain me about this.

Dr. Pulak Mukherjee 91% (2495 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
Apply alovera gel extract,,apply atta as a scrubber,,apply milk as a cleanser at night,,apply papaya with honey,, apply milk n honey,,with this u need proper homoeopathic treatment to cure ur problem permanently
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What should I use for ringworm like fungal infection on my left leg ,even after applying ring guard on the affected area there was no improvement.

Dr. Nash Kamdin 96% (3349 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Dear lybrateuser, - apply clotrimazole 1% cream on the affected area twice a day after cleaning the area - avoid excessive sweating.

I am seriously suffering from fungal disease (dinay) ringworm. Its main part having between the thigh. Of leg becoming red and red in round shape on shoulder and in stomach also its make itches to much frequently. .i consult many doctor but no result found so please give me better idea to treat these disease Please help me.

Dr. Devanshu Sharma 91% (337 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), MD [Masters In Ayurveda - Kaumarabhrutiya( Pediatrics)]
Ayurveda, Panipat
1. Stop all sweets 2. Maintain hygiene 3. Plenty liquids 4. Oeint. ANTI FUNGAL Cream. 5. Tab. Guggulu tikt-ghrit 2-0-2 with luke warm water you will feel better in 3-5 days if not consult us at Lybrate.
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Ayurvedic Treatment For Fungal Infections!

Dr. Rajeshkumar Radadiya 92% (257 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Is Candidiasis a fungal infection? True or False. Take this quiz to know now!
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