Skin fungus is a common problem which affects thousands of people all over the world regardless of age or gender. The fungal infection occurs when there’s fungal overgrowth on the skin. Fungi are all around us even if we don’t notice them – when they multiply too fast, infections such as athlete’s foot or ringworm often occur.
Fungal infections are not a serious problem, but they can be quite uncomfortable and difficult to get rid of. They can be transmitted by sharing clothes, towels and personal hygiene products with people who are infected. People with weaker immune systems are more prone to fungal infections, as are people who sweat excessively, doctors, nurses and medical students. Taking antibiotics for a longer period can also be the cause.
Fungal infections can appear on any body part, although they are more common on the feet, genitals, armpits and skin crevices, where there’s excess moisture fungi adore. In order to reduce the risk of fungal infections, you should be extra careful when using public swimming pools or locker rooms, and avoid using combs and towels available at these places.
Synthetics are the perfect material for fungi, which is why you should switch to cotton and linen clothing. This goes especially for your underwear. Finally, showering regularly and keeping your personal hygiene at a high level is highly important for preventing fungal infections.
The treatment of the infection depends on the cause. If the problem is a weak immune system, you should bolster your body’s defenses. Eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and veggies will help you do that, and probiotic supplements will reinforce your immune system even further.
You also need to lower your sugar and carb intake as fungi feed on these ingredients. Make sure to sleep well and eat protein and healthy fats, and drink plenty of water in order to keep your health in check. If you’re already infected, avoid scratching the area in order to prevent the infection from spreading, and clean the area often and well.
Here are the 3 main types of fungal infections:
The so-called jock itch is a fungal infection that develops in the male genital area, usually in males that play sports and spend a lot of time in locker rooms. The main symptoms are red, inflamed and sore patches of skin around the genitals.
This infection affects the toes and skin between them and is common for athletes who spend most of their day wearing sneakers. The main symptom is red and sore skin.
The ringworm infection resembles a small blemish on the skin which can easily become flaky. Ringworm can appear anywhere but the feet, groin and scalp.
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