Sabtu, 30 Maret 2013

Fungal infection-frequently asked questions

If you have a fungal infection, you should know that you are not alone. Millions of people around the country have some kind of infection, although only a handful will admit.

In this article, we will answer the most common questions people have about this condition and hopefully shed some light on the subject for you.

From where originate fungal infections?

The seeds are the primary source of fungal infections. You can get them from direct contact with the contaminated soil while gardening or through contact with other people who are afflicted with the condition. Using public swimming pools and shower rooms can also lead to fungal infections.

What are the types of fungal infections?

There are many varieties, but the most common are tinea, athlete’s foot, jock itch and candida. Tinea is also known as ringworm and affects a person’s nails, hair and skin. Athlete’s foot is the severe itching and scaling of the skin between the toes and in the lower part of the feet. This is common in people who are very active sports and sweat a lot, hence the name.

Jock itch refers to infection in the groin area while candida infection is commonly found in the mouth and the vagina.

How do I start the fungal infection?

If a body’s immune system is not so well-developed, germs can get into the system much more easily and nail fungus can grow much faster. Fungal infection usually enters the body through wounds and cuts.

How do we treat fungal infections?

Depending on the type of infection you have and the location of the infection, there are several treatments available. For fungal infections on the skin, you can apply antifungal creams that you can buy in your local pharmacy. Athlete’s foot can be cured using foot powder.

There are also oral medications available for all types of infection, but you should consult your doctor before taking these pills. For more severe cases, you must consult a dermatologist for proper treatment.

How long does it take to treat this condition?

Once again, the duration of treatment will depend on the particular infection you have. If the infection is on the nail, it can take up to a couple of months. Skin infections have a shorter time to heal.

How can we avoid it?

An easy way to do this is to eat a balanced diet rich in organic foods like fruits and vegetables. Drinking plenty of water also helps to rid the body of toxins and strengthen the immune system.

Practicing good hygiene is also one of the best ways to prevent fungal infections. Make sure you wash your hands and your feet thoroughly after using public facilities. Tend to all the cuts and wounds immediately even if they are minors.

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