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Fungal Infection Tips

Fungal Infection Of Skin And Its Treatment!

Dr.Niraj Jain 91% (265ratings)
MBBS, MD (D.V.L.)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Fungal Infection Of Skin And Its Treatment!

Your skin is the largest and most sensitive organ of your body. Funguses that live in the human body especially armpits, groin area, nails, and feet, cause fungal skin infections. Weak immunity is the leading cause, with over 300 million people fighting fungal infections globally, every year.

Some of the common types of fungal skin infections are-

1. Athlete’s foot- Also known as Tenia pedis, Athlete’s foot occurs when the tenia fungus begins to grow on your feet. It is most commonly associated with athletes because it grows in warm and moist climates such as in socks, near swimming pools and in locker rooms.

Symptoms of athlete’s foot –

  1. Infected area becomes soft and layers of skin begin to peel off
  2. Redness, blisters, and cracking of skin

Treatment includes applying of topical antifungal ointments such as terbinafine while, severe cases may require oral medication.

2. Ringworm – Ringworm is a highly contagious skin infection and is spread by person-to-person or pet to person contact. The fungus can also spread through infected towel, clothes, and mud.

Symptoms of Ringworm –

  1. Red itchy patches on the skin which develop into raised ring like bumps
  2. Formation of scales on the patches

Treatment of the infection includes medicines like miconazole.

3. Jock ‘s itch- Also known as Tinea Cruris, these fungi thrive in moist and warm areas of the body such as the groin, inner thighs and buttocks.

Symptoms of Jock’s itch –

  1. Itchy red circular rashes over the body and burning
  2. Chafing and peeling of the infected area

Treatment includes prescribed medication and maintaining personal hygiene.

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to fungal infections. Visit a doctor at the first signs of infection. A medical exam is the best way to detect the cause of a skin infection.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Fungal Skin Infection Treatment Tips

Dr.Mohit Dhawan 87% (67ratings)
Dermatologist, Chandigarh
Fungal Skin Infection Treatment Tips

As we all know fungal skin infections is now the most common skin problem. Pts often come with severe itching with or without taking some otc medicine specially topical steroids preparations. These steroids decrease local immunity and leads to treatment failure and recurrent infections. Treatment of fungal infection is possible only with the pt cooperation. Keep area clean and dry. Daily change your under garments after properly drying in sunlight and ironing them. Don't take self medication. There r some oral and topical medicine which if taken for proper time will help in complete eradication of fungus from body. Family treatment of fungus is equally important. Always wash your bedding and clothes separately and hot water. Don't exchange clothes with friends and family members.

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Fungal Infection In Nails - Ways To Treat It!

Dr.Prashant Sinha 89% (33ratings)
MBBS, MD Dermatology
Dermatologist, Allahabad
Fungal Infection In Nails - Ways To Treat It!

Fungal infection in the nails, otherwise called onychomycosis, is a frequently seen issue. Side effects include irritation, swelling, yellowing, thickening or itching of the nail. It is normally not painful, unless the infection spreads further.

The fungal infection has a tendency to occur under specific conditions, like unusual pH levels of the skin, a weak immune system, nonstop introduction to a damp surrounding including sweat-soaked shoes and socks, poor cleanliness and diabetes.

In case if left untreated, fungal infection in the nails can bring about breakage and even total loss of the nails. The good news is that the bacteria present inside the nails is reparable and can be dealt with reasonably. Various common home cures can cure the infection in a couple of weeks. These are as follows:

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is somewhat acidic and can keep fungus from spreading. In the meantime, it eliminates the bacteria and parasites.
  2. Tea Tree OilTea tree oil has germ-free and antifungal properties that help to a considerable measure in the treatment of fungal growth. This oil is likewise used to treat different sorts of skin infections.
  3. Baking Soda: Baking soda is readily accessible in many kitchens and can be utilized to cure the fungal growth. It will also kill the foul smell.
  4. White Vinegar: White vinegar is one of the best remedies for treating toenail fungus since it battles the infection and reestablishes the skin's pH levels.
  5. Oregano oilOregano oil has germ-free, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, pain relieving and antifungal properties. This makes oregano oil a powerful treatment for fungal infections.
  6. Listerine Mouthwash: Listerine mouthwash, which eliminates microbes and germs in the mouth, can likewise be utilized to treat the fungus. The mouthwash has a few mixes and liquor that act as a solid germicide to keep away destructive bacteria and organisms.
  7. GarlicGarlic contains compounds like allicin and ajoene, which have antifungal properties that can treat toenail fungus.
  8. Lemon Juice: Lemon juice has both sterile and antifungal properties. The citrus extract in lemon squeeze likewise will prevent the fungal growth from spreading.
  9. Lavender OilLavender oil has a few unpredictable mixes and germ-free properties that can battle any sort of contamination and forestall skin swelling.
  10. Orange OilOrange oil additionally has antifungal properties, and along can be utilized to treat contaminated toenails. Orange oil can bring about hypersensitive responses and can have reactions, so it is important to test some orange oil on a little spot of skin before using it as a cure.
  11. Coconut OilUnsaturated fats, like for example, the ones discovered in coconut oil, normally embed themselves in the lipid (fat) layer of the infected area and bother it.
     
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Best Homeopathic Treatment for Tinea Versicolor Problem

Dr.Jyoti Singh 89% (1173ratings)
BHMS, MA Psychology & Traning Counselling
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
Best Homeopathic Treatment for Tinea Versicolor Problem

What Is Tinea Versicolor (Fungal Infection of Skin)?

Tinea versicolor is also known as pityriasis Versicolor. It is a fungal infection of the skin commonly seen in teenagers and adults but can be seen at any age. The fungus lives on the skin and when it grows out of control, it causes discoloration of the skin producing patches lighter or darker in colour than the surrounding skin. The infection is non-contagious and does not spread from one person to another.

Here we find out the best homeopathic treatment of tinea versicolor problem and also try to find out symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and homeopathic medicine for tinea versicolor issue:

Risk factors of Tinea Versicolor

  1. Excessive sweating: If you have more sweating then there are chances of having the fungal infection as the yeast gets a suitable environment to grow.
  2. Oily skin: Oily skin also increases the chances of fungal growth.
  3. Hot climate: Also gives the fungus a favorable environment for growth.
  4. Weak immunity: If your immunity is weak then the chances of growth of fungus also increases.

Symptoms & Causes of Tinea Versicolor

  • The appearance of patches which have a different colour than the surrounding skin.
  • Itching is generally very mild.
  • Scaling can be seen sometimes.

Causes of Tinea Versicolor

The fungus is seen normally on the skin as it lives on healthy skin. It grows only when it is triggered by factors like humidity, hot weather, oily skin, excessive sweating, weak immune system, etc.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Tinea Versicolor

The appearance of the fungal growth is very typical and by only looking at the patches the doctor can diagnose it. In doubtful situations, skin scrapings can be taken from the patches.

Treatment for Tinea Versicolor

Treatment conventionally includes antifungal medications and homeopathic treatment 

Management of Tinea Versicolor

The best way for the Management of the fungal infection includes things, but some times treatment is the best way to deal these kinds of fungal infections and for you can check out homeopathic remedies to treat tinea versicolor issue since these medication does not offer any kind of side effects

  • You should not wear tight clothing rather wear loose airy clothes.
  • Wear cotton fabric and not synthetic.
  • Avoid excessive sweating.
  • Maintain hygiene.
  • If you have oily skin, keep it clean.
  • Avoid oily skin products.
  • Reduce sunscreen and apply sunscreen whenever you go out on Sun.
  • A bath every day.
  • Don’t use harsh soaps and chemical products.
  • Homeopathic medicines are very good at taking care of the infection.

Homeopathic Treatment of Tinea Versicolor

Homeopathic medicines are very good for taking care of the fungal infection. Homeopathic Medicines like sulphur, tuberculum, Calcarea carb are very good for tinea versicolor but should be given after studying the constitution of the patient.

Do’s in Tinea Versicolor

If you going through Homeopathic Treatment for Tinea Versicolor, then you can do these things along with the medication that can help in this problem.

  • Maintain hygiene.
  • Bath daily.
  • Wear cotton clothes.
  • Wear loose clothes.
  • Keep skin clean.
  • Apply sunscreen if you are going out.

Don’ts Do In Tinea Versicolor

If you are using Homeopathic medicines for the treatment of tinea versicolor, then do not prefer these things along with the medication that can help in this problem. 

  • Don’t wear synthetic clothes.
  • Don’t wear tight clothes.
  • Don’t use harsh soaps.
  • Don’t overexpose yourself to the sun.

Update From Lybrate: Keeping your skin healthy is very important, therefore, we suggest you to choose the Skin Care Products according to your skin type requirements and usages at Lybrate.

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Fungal Nail Infection - Know Signs Of It!

Dr.Asma Parveen 87% (22ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS, Fellowship In Dermatology
Dermatologist, Lucknow
Fungal Nail Infection - Know Signs Of It!

Fungal infections in nails are caused by an overgrowth of the fungi in your nails. When the growth of fungus happens on the fingernails or toenails, it is known as onychomycosis or tineaunguium. Here are the probable causes of why you might get a fungal nail infection:

Causes

1. Diabetes
2. Problems in your circulatory system
3. Age
4. Artificial nails
5. Swim in public pools
6. Nail injuries
7. Skin injuries surrounding the nail
8. Fingers or toes which have been moist for an extended period of time
9. Immune system problems
10.Wearing shoes which have toes enclosed

It is also worth note that fungal infections happen much more frequently in your toenail as compared to your fingernail. This is because of two main reasons. The first reason is that fungi can grow very easily on your toenails because of the position. Your shoes are dark, warm and moist and therefore, perfect for the growth of fungi. The second reason for more fungal infections on your toenails as compared to your fingernails is because toes have less blood flow than fingers, thus making it harder for the immune system to fight off the infection.

Symptoms

Fungal infections in your nails are one of the easier infections to diagnose. This is because there are several symptoms which indicate you have this condition. Here are those symptoms.

1. Scaling underneath your skin
2. White or yellow streaks on your nails
3. Corners of the nail may crumble
4. Flaky surface of the nail
5. Yellow spots at the bottom of the nails
6. Loss of nail
7. A nail breaking off from the rest of the nails
8. An odor from the nail
9. Brittle or thick nails

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Fungal Nail Infection - Know The Causes & Symptoms Of It!

Dr.Niraj Jain 91% (265ratings)
MBBS, MD (D.V.L.)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Fungal Nail Infection - Know The Causes & Symptoms Of It!

Fungal infection in the nails is caused by an overgrowth of fungi in your nails. When the growth of fungus happens on the fingernails or toenails, it is known as onychomycosis or tinea unguium.

Here are the probable causes of why you might get a fungal nail infection:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Problems in your circulatory system
  3. Age
  4. Artificial nails
  5. Swimming in public pools
  6. Nail injuries
  7. Skin injuries surrounding the nail
  8. Fingers or toes, which have been moist for an extended period of time
  9. Immune system problems
  10. Wearing shoes which have enclosed toes

It is also worth noting that fungal infections happen much more frequently in your toenail as compared to your fingernails, this is because of two main reasons. Firstly, that the fungi can grow very easily on your toenails because of the position as your shoes are dark, warm and moist and therefore, perfect for the growth of fungi.

The second reason for more fungal infections on your toenails as compared to your fingernails is because toes have less blood flow than fingers, thus making it harder for the immune system to fight off the infection.

Fungal infections in your nails are one of the easier infections to diagnose. This is because there are several symptoms which indicate you have this condition.

Here are some of those symptoms:

  1. Scaling underneath your skin
  2. White or yellow streaks on your nails
  3. Corners of the nail may crumble
  4. Flaky surface of the nail
  5. Yellow spots at the bottom of the nails
  6. Loss of nail
  7. A nail breaking off from the rest of the nail
  8. An odor from the nail
  9. Brittle or thick nails
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How To Treat Fungal Nail Infection?

Dr.Akhilesh Shukla 87% (39ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Skin & VD, DNB
Dermatologist, Raipur
How To Treat Fungal Nail Infection?

Fungal infections in nails are caused by an overgrowth of the fungi in your nails. When the growth of fungus happens on the fingernails or toenails, it is known as onychomycosis or tineaunguium.

Here are the probable causes of why you might get a fungal nail infection:

Causes-

1. Diabetes
2. Problems in your circulatory system
3. Age
4. Artificial nails
5. Swim in public pools
6. Nail injuries
7. Skin injuries surrounding the nail
8. Fingers or toes which have been moist for an extended period of time
9. Immune system problems

10. Wearing shoes which have toes enclosed

It is also worth note that fungal infections happen much more frequently in your toenail as compared to your fingernail. This is because of two main reasons. The first reason is that fungi can grow very easily on your toenails because of the position. Your shoes are dark, warm and moist and therefore, perfect for the growth of fungi. The second reason for more fungal infections on your toe nails as compared to your fingernails is because toes have less blood flow than fingers, thus making it harder for the immune system to fight off the infection.

Symptoms-
Fungal infections in your nails are one of the easier infections to diagnose. This is because there are several symptoms which indicate you have this condition. Here are those symptoms.

1. Scaling underneath your skin
2. White or yellow streaks on your nails
3. Corners of the nail may crumble
4. Flaky surface of the nail
5. Yellow spots at the bottom of the nails
6. Loss of nail
7. A nail breaking off from the rest of the nails
8. An odor from the nail
9. Brittle or thick nails

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Skin Infection - How To Avert It?

Dr.Amanjot A Khokhar 90% (21ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy, DNB - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Panchkula
Skin Infection - How To Avert It?

Fungal infection of the skin and mucous membranes is very common. The most common species of fungus causing these infections is Candida albicans. They are present in abundance in the skin and mucous membranes and have a protective function. However, when immunity is compromised, these grow to a significant number and infection results. Some of the most common candida infections and ways to manage them are outlined below.

Athlete’s foot, nail fungal infections, diaper rash, jock itch, oral thrush, and vaginal yeast infections are the most common candida skin infections. Though they can occur anywhere, they are most common in the intertriginous areas, where two skins come in close contacts, like the groin area, the armpits, the corners of the mouth, the area between the toes and between the fingers. Sweat and mucous facilitate their growth further, as they provide a moist environment for their growth.

In addition, poor hygiene, hot/humid weather, and constricting clothing can lead to increased chances of developing candida infections. Patient conditions like obesity, infants, diabetics, hypothyroidism, inflammatory disorders, pregnancy, damp weather, and immunosuppressed conditions like AIDs are definite risk factors. Identifying the infection is the biggest step towards treatment. There could be rashes, patches, flaking, cracks, soreness, and erythema, white or red lesions in the mouth or genital area.

Management:

A little precaution can help in preventing infections and there are definitely ways to treat the condition also.
If someone is immunosuppressed or has other predisposing factors, it is advisable to take precautions as listed below to avoid candida infections.

  1. Keep the intertriginous areas clean, could be by bathing more frequently or using sponge baths
  2. Wear loose clothing so the skin in the areas like groynes and armpits are not irritated
  3. Diaper skin management
  4. Keep the toenails and feet area clean
  5. During pregnancy, wear loose clothing and dry thoroughly after showers to avoid infection
  6. Frequently change inner garments and socks
  7. During warm weather, wear open-toed footwear so there is adequate aeration
  8. Take supplements like multivitamins to maintain good immunity levels

Treatment:

While treatment of one-off candida infections is not uncommon, people who are prone to recurrent infections need more stringent management. In one off infections, topical antifungal agents like lotions, powder, ointments or creams are sufficient. These could contain antifungal agents like ketoconazole or fluconazole. It is important that these stay in touch with the skin surface for about 10 to 15 minutes.

In moderately severe infections, a course of the oral antifungal agent is used, sometimes for up to 2 weeks depending on the severity of the symptoms. IV antifungal agents may be used in more severe and widespread cases like seen in AIDS patients.

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Fungal Nail Infection - Know Symptoms Of It!

Dr.Nishant Jain 92% (26ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma In Dermatology & Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL)
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Fungal Nail Infection - Know Symptoms Of It!

Fungal infections in nails are caused by an overgrowth of the fungi in your nails. When the growth of fungus happens on the fingernails or toenails, it is known as onychomycosis or tineaunguium. Here are the probable causes of why you might get a fungal nail infection:

Causes -

1. Diabetes
2. Problems in your circulatory system
3. Age
4. Artificial nails
5. Swim in public pools
6. Nail injuries
7. Skin injuries surrounding the nail
8. Fingers or toes which have been moist for an extended period of time
9. Immune system problems
10. Wearing shoes which have toes enclosed

It is also worth note that fungal infections happen much more frequently in your toenail as compared to your fingernail. This is because of two main reasons. The first reason is that fungi can grow very easily on your toenails because of the position. Your shoes are dark, warm and moist and therefore, perfect for the growth of fungi. The second reason for more fungal infections on your toenails as compared to your fingernails is because toes have less blood flow than fingers, thus making it harder for the immune system to fight off the infection.

Symptoms

Fungal infections in your nails are one of the easier infections to diagnose. This is because there are several symptoms which indicate you have this condition. Here are those symptoms.

1. Scaling underneath your skin
2. White or yellow streaks on your nails
3. Corners of the nail may crumble
4. Flaky surface of the nail
5. Yellow spots at the bottom of the nails
6. Loss of nail
7. A nail breaking off from the rest of the nails
8. An odour from the nail
9. Brittle or thick nails

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Fungal Infections - Can Homeopathy Resolve Them?

Dr.Rushali Angchekar 97% (78253ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Sindhudurg
Fungal Infections - Can Homeopathy Resolve Them?

There are many kinds of infections that may afflict the body from time to time. While some of them may be dormant conditions that flare up due to environmental factors, there may be others that may occur due to a change in season as well as other causes, including interaction with a carrier of the same infection.

A fungal infection is usually caused by the growth and accumulation of the harmful fungi in a particular part of the body or organ of the body. These kinds of infections may be caused between the toes, thighs, vagina and other areas where we tend to sweat a lot. The hands, feet, nails and the groin region are also quite susceptible to such infection. Let us find out the various ways in which homeopathy can be used in order to treat fungal infections in the body. One must keep in mind that these medicines must only be prescribed by a medical practitioner.

  1. Fungal infection on the feet- The best homeopathic medication for fungal infection on the feet includes petroleum and silicea. These medicines may be used especially if there is a strong odour and excessive sweating. These medicines are good for clearing the infection entirely. Also, they are especially effective for conditions like Athlete’s Foot.

  2. Fungal infection in the groin area- If the patient is suffering from a fungal infection in the groin area or around the thighs, like a Jock Itch or any related condition, then medicines like Graphites and Sepia may be prescribed by the doctor. These medicines are especially helpful when there is a great deal of itching along with an outbreak of rashes plus other signs of the infection.

  3. Fungal Infection on the Scalp- There are many kinds of infections that may occur in the scalp of the patient due to excessive sweating as well as other kinds of pollution and exposure to chemicals. Thuja and Kali Sulphuricum may be prescribed for this purpose. It also fights related symptoms like excessive itching of the scalp and sensitivity to touch.

  4. Fungal Infection on the Skin- When the skin suffers from fungal infection which leads to boils, crusting, pus and bleeding, Tellurium, Sepia and Thuja may be recommended by the doctor. These medicines work well if the patient is experiencing severe itching, especially after taking a cold shower or bath.

  5. Fungal Infection in the Mouth- The fungal infection in the mouth may happen due to lack of hydration as well as poor eating habits. In such cases, the doctor may prescribe medicines like Helonias and Borax. These medicines also deal with symptoms like the formation of ulcers or white lesions in the mouth.  

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