Most people have experienced skin infections caused by fungi. Fungal infections of the skin can occur in all people and all age groups, men and women, and are the most common skin infections.Let’s, identify the causes and ways to deal with the attack of skin fungal infections.
Attack Skin fungal infection is a disease that we encounter very often, maybe even we have experienced it. Mild skin fungal infections generally cause a rash on the skin. The rash is not too dangerous, but it can feel itchy and interfere with appearance.
Mushrooms are primitive organisms that live around our environment, such as air, soil, and even water. Even some types of fungi can live in the body of animals and humans. Most mushrooms breed with spores that can be spread in the air. Therefore, fungal infections most often attack the outside of our body, such as the skin and nails.
People who actively move and sweat more often are attacked by fungal skin infections, especially if they are not careful in maintaining personal hygiene. Diabetics are also a group that is susceptible to skin fungal infections. In addition, skin fungal infections are also often found in infants and toddlers who use diapers.But in general, anyone can get skin fungal infections.
Types and Symptoms of Skin Fungal Infections You Need to Know
The following are the types of skin fungal infections most commonly found:
- Dermatophytosis (ringworm). Rash on the skin is circular and red and itchy. The red on the edges is clearer, looks like a ring, and is well-defined. Ringworm can be contagious, but usually does not become severe. Can be found on the scalp, face, neck, or other body parts.
- Tinea pedis or ringworm (athlete’s foot). Symptoms include peeling and cracking of the skin, red and blistered skin, itching and pain. This fungal infection is found in the legs of sportsmen who are often wrapped in socks and damp. Generally arises between the toes.
- Tinea cruris (jock itch). Tinea cruris appear in the glue and warm skin folds, such as the buttocks, groin, and genitals. The part of the infected skin will appear reddish and itchy or sore. It often occurs in young men and adults, or people who often wear tight pants.
- Skin candidiasis. This infection is caused by fungus candida, and can appear in any part of the body, but it is usually easier to appear in areas that are warm and moist, such as groin and underarms. Infected skin looks red and itchy.
How to Overcome Skin Fungus Infection with Anti-Fungal Medications
The main treatment of skin fungal infections is with antifungal drugs, especially topical antifungals, such as creams or ointments. Antifungal drugs work by destroying the fungal cell wall so that the contents of the cell come out and the fungal cells die, or by inhibiting fungal cells from growing and multiplying.
Here are some types of antifungal drugs commonly used to treat skin fungal infections:
- Topical antifungals – applied directly to the skin, hair or nails.
- Oral antifungals – in capsule, pill or liquid form. Given if the skin fungal infection is extensive and cannot be treated with topical antifungal drugs.
There are various kinds of topical antifungal drugs with various shapes, brands and levels of strength. But in general, antifungal drugs contain clotrimazole, miconazole, nystatin, ketoconazole, or a combination of some of these contents. On drug packaging can be seen the type of drug in it and how much the composition of the ingredients in the drug, usually written in percent (%). Make sure the drug content is strong enough but also not harmful.
Use medicine according to the recommended use, do not exceed or less than the required amount of usage. The drug must remain used for a few days after the rash in the skin is gone, to kill the remnants of the remaining fungus.
Topical antifungal drugs are sold freely at pharmacies and shops, and can be purchased without using a prescription. If after using topical drugs for 1 to 2 weeks there is no improvement, immediately see a doctor for further treatment. Don’t forget to tell the doctor about other drugs that you are taking, to avoid side effects that might be caused due to drug interactions.
This Is How To Avoid Skin Fungus Disease
Maintaining skin cleanliness is the key to preventing skin fungal infections, especially for those of you who are active, are active in sports, or often do outdoor activities. The following are things you can do to avoid fungal infections:
- Keep skin clean. Use soap when bathing.
- Dry the skin immediately if it is wet or sweaty.
- Change underwear and socks every day.
- Dry the shoes in the open air and keep the inside of the shoes from damp.
- Don’t exchange towels, underwear and clothes with other people.
- Use clothing that easily absorbs sweat during exercise.
- Avoid using pants that are too tight.
These are tips on how to deal with a disease or skin infection. May be useful