Today I will be talking about fungal infections. Their symptoms also know fungal infections of itching and redness. Nowadays, the weather is hot, and the rain has even begun. People usually suffer from fungal infections in this kind of weather like fungal skin infection,
Type of fungal skin infections-
•Fungal infection on the face
•a fungal ear infection can occur anywhere from our head to toes.
Today I will be speaking about fungal infections in our body and specifically about fungal infections in the groin area. The fungal infection on the body is known as Tinea Corporis, And the fungal infection occurring in our groin area is called Tinea Cruris.
How does fungus infect our bodies?
We should know that fungus spreads through contact with each other. That is why this is usually transmitted between family members or school kids acquire it through contact with each other when they play, walk, hold hands, etc.
How can this infection be transmitted between family members?
If even one person gets a fungal infection, then their towel, comb, brush, pillows, bedsheets, etc. also carry fungal spores and infect others if they use them. Similarly, if you have dogs or cats in the house, they are often prone to getting fungal infections in the monsoons, And if we come into contact with their infected skin, we can also pick it up from them.
How can fungal infection be transmitted in a public place?
Besides this, if you go to public swimming pools, then their mats, towels, etc. which may have been used by a person suffering from fungal infections, can transmit the disease to you also Another place from where people often pick up fungal infections is the hairdresser or the beauty parlor. If their instruments have not been appropriately cleaned Or if their linen has not been cleaned properly, then you can pick up fungal infections through these agents.
What are the symptoms of Tinea Versicolor fungal infections?
The most common fungal infection that people suffer from is known as Tinea Versicolor. In this condition, round, red dry patches develop on the skin, especially on the back, chest, shoulders, and neck, and these patches also cause itchiness. These patches appear as light marks on people with dark skin, whereas those with fair skin exhibit darker patches. A fungal infection that happens on our skin is called Ringworm.
It’s called so because it has a red, inflamed border enclosing a circular patch of average looking skin. So this infection gives the appearance of “Rings” on the skin. Hence it is called Ringworm. Ringworm either occurs in 2-3 isolated patches on the skin Or these patches are found all over the body, which also causes a lot of itchiness.
How do fungal infections in the groin area look?
Now I will talk about the fungal infection which occurs in the groin area. If men wear tight clothing and tend to sweat a lot in their groin area, they are prone to getting this fungal infection, especially in the monsoon season. The worst thing about this infection is that it itches a lot.
Which topical creams can be used to treat groin area fungal infections?
Now I will speak about the treatment of fungal infections in the groin and elsewhere in the body. For treating these infections, topical creams are usually used.
You can apply these creams in the following way –
After having a bath in the morning, you should apply these creams properly to all the affected areas. There is no need to wash off the creams at night, but you should apply them once again before sleeping. These anti-fungal creams must be used twice a day for at least 2 weeks, And if necessary, they should be applied for 3-4 weeks. Usually, when people notice an improvement in their condition after 5-6 days, they stop using the cream, And then the fungal infection returns as soon as the cream’s effect decreases after a few days.
The fungal infection in the groin area causes a lot of itching and reduces this itching. You can mix a small amount of 1% Hydrocortisone cream in your anti-fungal cream. This can help reduce the itching quite a bit.
But as soon as there is a decrease in itchiness, you should immediately discontinue the use of Hydrocortisone cream. Because Hydrocortisone is a steroid, and you should never use Steroids on your skin for extended periods. Steroids cause the skin to become thin, whereby they can enter your bloodstream.
How to use Ketoconazole Lotion?
Besides applying creams, you can also utilize 2% Ketoconazole lotion to completely heal your fungal infection.
The method of usage is Ketoconazole lotion as follows –
First off, have a thorough shower with clean water. After that, apply the 2% Ketoconazole lotion all over your body like soap. Leave it on for 5 minutes, and then wash it off with lukewarm water. The advantage of this is that even if there are small fungal infections on the skin you have missed or have not seen, this lotion reaches those areas and helps rid the skin of all fungal infections completely. 2% ketoconazole lotion should be used twice daily for at least 2 weeks. After that, you should use this lotion TWICE a week for 2 WEEKS. And finally, you must use Ketoconazole lotion ONCE a week for 3 MONTHS.
This will ensure that the fungal infection does not return and give you trouble. Besides this, those suffering from fungal infection in the groin area or who have repeated bouts of fungal infections on the body should thoroughly dust their entire body with 1% Clotrimazole Powder after having a bath. This prevents fungus from growing on the body.
Oral Medicines to Treat Fungal Infections
If, after all this, you are still suffering from fungal infections. Then you will have to take oral medicines to combat it. For this, you must visit your doctor and get a prescription from them and then follow the prescribed drugs.
Oral medicines include-
These tablets must be eaten for at least 4-6 weeks. The exact dosage and the duration of medication will be told to you by your doctor.
What to do in case of repeated fungal infections?
Friends, if you suffer from repeated bouts of fungal or bacterial infections, you must go to the hospital and have a thorough check-up. Many illnesses severely weaken the body’s natural immunity.
Besides this, people who have taken long courses of anti-biotics also have weakened immune systems. Similarly, those who have undergone kidney, liver, heart transplants, etc. are given immunosuppressant drugs, which weaken their bodies’ capacity to fight illnesses.
Such people are very prone to fungal and bacterial infections. If you are suffering in this way, then please go to the hospital and have a thorough check-up done.