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Ways To Treat Fungal Skin Infections

Aug 17, 2007
There are actually severally types of fungal skin infections. These include athletes foot, thrush, nail infections, jock itch and ringworms on the body and scalp. The most troubling part is that it is not easy to treat fungal skin infections. Fungi can multiply very quickly in your body. In addition, you may think that you are rid of fungi when its symptoms disappear from your skin; but its reappearance after a few days will prove you wrong.

In most situations, your doctor should be able to detect visually if you have gotten a fungal skin infection. Your skin normally appears to be red, scaly and dry. It may be coupled with chronic itchiness and can either be located in a specific part of the body or in several areas.

You are at greater risk of getting a fungal skin infection when you are on steroids or antibiotics to fight off an illness that you are having. Antibiotics are medications that you take to kill harmful bacteria that are causing your infection or illness. However, these drugs can also reduce the helpful bacteria that live in the body. When the populations of these helpful bacteria are reduced, fungi take the chance to colonize.

For a start, such infections located at the surface of your skin are pretty mild and cannot spread to another person that easily. Should you get a small cut or wound in your skin, make sure that you have your first aid kit with you to deal with it.

For prevention, good grooming habits can help greatly. Keep your skin dry and fresh all the time. Moisture can attract fungi and bacteria, which can worsen your skin infection. Hence avoid sweating with wearing loose and cotton-made clothes. Also, dry yourself completely after taking a bath. Avoid using other people's personal things because skin fungal infections can still spread from one person to another.

A visit to your doctor may be warranted. To treat fungal skin infections, your doctor would usually recommend topical applications. These applications come in varying strengths and are prescribed according to the severity of your infection. Your doctor may also recommend an oral intake of prescribed drugs to treat fungal skin infections that are serious. In addition, he may also recommend taking a skin, hair or nail sample from you and running a laboratory test on the sample. You can also purchase over the counter medicines but be sure to check with the pharmacist first before self medicating.
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Evelyn Lim has been an eczema sufferer for many years. Recently, she managed to get herself treated. Get free tips on eczema natural treatment at http://www.eczematreatmentsecrets.com
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