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Fungal Skin Infections: Tips for Prevention

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Fungal Skin Infections: Tips for Treating and Preventing

Fungal skin infections can be a nuisance and cause discomfort. They are also contagious and more prevalent in people who frequently use public transportation and move around in crowded areas. Summer humidity and heat can also trigger fungal infections. However, if you have a fungal infection, don't worry. In this article, we'll share some do's and don'ts with you to help you treat and prevent fungal skin infections.

Do's to Treating Fungal Skin Infections

1. Keep Your Hands Clean

Maintaining good hygiene and sanitation is crucial in treating and preventing fungal skin infections. If you can't wash your hands regularly at your workplace, you can use hand sanitizer.

2. Use Anti-Fungal Powders

Applying anti-fungal powders in the body folds can help soothe pain and itching and treat the infection. Diabetics should be extra careful as they are more prone to fungal infections due to uncontrolled blood glucose levels.

3. Try Natural Remedies

Using home remedies to treat a fungal infection is not a bad idea. However, if you don't see any improvement in your condition, consult a dermatologist.

4. Treat All Infected Contacts

Fungal infections can recur if proper guidelines are not followed. Therefore, treat all infected contacts in your family or workplace. This includes keeping your washroom clean, washing your clothes with disinfectant, and using sanitizer to wash your hands.


Don'ts for Treating Fungal Skin Infections

1. Avoid Wearing Tight Clothes

Wearing tight clothes like jeans and tight underwear decreases breathability, traps heat and moisture, and creates a feasible environment for yeast and bacteria to thrive. Instead, wear loose clothes that prevent sweating and keep the area dry as much as possible.

2. Avoid Swimming Pools

If you have fungal infections, avoid swimming pools. Moist skin is a breeding ground for fungal growth, and poorly disinfected pools can even cause fungal infections.

3. Don't Shave

If you have fungal infections in your groin region or underarms, don't shave. Cuts in the skin can worsen the condition and increase the risk of other infections.

4. Avoid Overcrowded Areas

If possible, avoid overcrowded areas. If you must travel every day, take a shower once you reach home with antibacterial soap.

Key Takeaways

  1. Keep your hands clean and use hand sanitizer if you can't wash your hands regularly.
  2. Apply anti-fungal powders in body folds to soothe pain and itching.
  3. Consider natural remedies, but consult a dermatologist if there is no improvement.
  4. Treat all infected contacts, including keeping washrooms clean and washing clothes with disinfectant.
  5. Avoid wearing tight clothes that trap heat and moisture.
  6. Avoid swimming pools if you have a fungal infection.
  7. Do not shave if you have fungal infections in sensitive areas.
  8. Avoid overcrowded areas if possible, and take a shower with antibacterial soap after being in crowded places.

Remember that maintaining good hygiene, using anti-fungal treatments, and avoiding risk factors such as tight clothes, swimming pools, shaving, and overcrowded areas are important in treating and preventing fungal skin infections. If home remedies do not work, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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