I am Dr. Navjot Singh Arora, Dermatologist. Today I will talk on the most common problem which we regularly see in our day to day patients which is a fungal infection. It can be seen in the age group. But most common in the age group of 10-50 years of the male and female population. In male, the most common area is growing and buttock. And in females, growing and the area just below the breast because, in these areas, sweat takes place. It is very important that wherever you think, or you feel that you are having a fungal infection which you commonly calls ringworm, then you should not ignore it. You should not take over the counter medicines. Many medicines are there which a chemist sells in the name that it cures daad. Most of the medicines have steroids. Which can decrease you that particular area immunity and can make the fungal infection more resistant to our treatment.
So, whenever, you feel that you have a fungal infection in any area of seat collection, you should directly go to a skin specialist. So, that proper course of medicines can be done. You should not leave the course of medicines in between so that it should not become resistant and keep coming back again and again.
The medicines course may last from 1-3 months depending upon the severity of the infection. Personal hygiene maintenance is very important. It is important to note that fungal grown in the moist area of the body. So, sweat collection has to be avoided. To prevent the spread of infection from one person to another sharing of the towel, nail cutters should be avoided. The person who has an infection should not wear socks and shoes for that particular time. After seeing the results while taking medicines, you start missing the appointments. You should not do that. Otherwise, the infection will come again and it will be more difficult for Dr to treat. After the initial 2-3 weeks of treatment, a symptom of itching, redness tend to subside. And patients may leave the treatment in between because they think that it is over. This is not the case. You should never leave the treatment without asking your Dr. You may not be able to see the severity of the infection as your Dr would be able to see. So, if you see any ringworm then do not use over the counter cream especially not steroid based creams. Go to a certified skin specialist only, maintain proper hygiene, avoid sweat collection.