What is the treatment for fungus?
Among the most common types of fungi that affect the skin we have pityriasis versicolor (mainly affects the trunk), tinea pedis (affects feet), tinea ungueum (affects nails), candidal paronychia (affects the fingers) and candidal intertrigo. (affects the folds)
As you can see, the areas including the feet, hands, nails and folds in general are more susceptible to suffering from them.
Environmental factors can promote fungal infections
Humidity in general, which is favored by hot and humid environments (saunas, saunas, etc.), leaving the skin damp after a swim in stagnant water such as pools or lakes, letting the sweat dry on the skin after exercising , performing household chores for a long time without gloves can cause an infection in the long term.. Other factors that can also predispose to fungal skin infection are contact with objects or spaces that are colonized by fungus, as occurs in beauty salons when performing manicures or pedicures with non-sterilized objects or in public jacuzzis. and permanently wear closed shoes in hot climates without cleaning your feet to keep them dry.
How can you prevent a fungal skin infection?
Maintain adequate hygiene, dry your entire body (including your feet) very well after bathing, periodically disinfect the shower, try to keep your feet dry during the day.avoid the use of talcum powder or foot powder, avoid the use of saunas, Turkish baths and public jacuzzis, avoid the use of public objects for manicure or pedicure, consult early with a specialist when you experience any change in your skin.
Detecting the type of fungus is important to treat it
In some cases it is very important to confirm the type of fungus that is present to provide targeted treatment. Most improve with topical treatment if early intervention is performed and products containing clotrimazole, ketoconazole, terbinafine, among others, are used. If it is a severe case or if there is nail involvement, it is usually necessary to associate oral treatment with medications such as terbinafine or itraconazole, depending on the case.
Certain areas of the skin must be kept under surveillance
Fungal infections of the skin have different forms of presentation depending on the place that is affected and the fungus involved in the disease. It can manifest itself with red, scaly areas on the skin, white spots, redness and thickening of the nail folds, changes in nails (thickening or changes in color and/or texture), peeling, fissures or thickening of the soles of the feet. A Specialist should be consulted when any of these signs are detected to avoid severe skin damage.