It is inevitable to experience skin fungus at some point of our lives, because they live almost everywhere.
We have them normally living on our skin, but in controlled numbers, so it is hard to even know they exist.
But sometimes, they can reproduce in large numbers, so they can cause athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch or yeast infections. They can be very uncomfortable and annoying, but still, they are not so dangerous. In this article, we will present you some of the reasons for getting fungus, as well as some ways of preventing them.
People who are mostly at risk to get a fungal infection are:
– People who sweat heavily (as fungus grows on moist places);
– People that have a low immune system;
– People who work close together with other people that might get infected, such as doctors, nurses, students etc;
– People who have been antibiotics or immune suppressants over a longer period of time;
– People or children who cannot restrain from urinating.
In order to reproduce and thrive, fungus need moisture, so it is completely logical that it usually appears on the armpits, toes and feet, genital area as well as where skin creases.
You will need to be careful when you go to some public areas such as swimming pool and locker rooms, because of the danger of getting fungal infection from infected people or their skin cells.
Another important thing is to not use some things like combs and towels in such areas. As we already mentioned, dark and moist places are the heaven for fungal growth. This is another reason why you should make sure that your skin is clean throughout the day. You should wear cotton underwear and make sure you keep your toes clean an always dry the skin under your breasts.
If you have a lower immune system, it means that the risk of getting a fungal infection is bigger. In order to boost your immunity, you will need to be on a proper diet, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and consume probiotic yoghurt.
Fungus also feeds on sugar, so you will also need to cut down on the cabs, and turn to protein, as well as healthy fats for more energy. You will also need to take a good rest and to be hydrated. Fungus is highly transmissible.
If you already have fungal infection, make sure that you won’t spread it by avoiding scratching the affected area. You will need to keep your skin dry and clean all the time. In order to wipe your skin, use clean towels and wash them often on a higher temperature.
You should also inform yourself well about the fungal infections, because they may be all caused by the fungus, but they will differ in the place they appear and also have different symptoms. Athlete’s foot for example, affects the toes and the space between them, by causing prickly red skin. It can sometimes also appear on the soles of the feet.
On the other hand, Jock itch appears in the groin area, especially among teen boys and those males who play sports and spend most of the time in locker rooms. It appears like red scaly patches on the skin that feel sore.
Another infection manifested as a small lifted red area, similar to a small blemish is ringworm. It is prickly and also becomes flaky very fast. It can be manifested on different parts of the body, but not on the scalp, feet and groin.
However, fungal infections are not dangerous for our health and they can easily be treated with antifungal creams and powders for which you don’t need a doctor’s prescription.