EXCLUSIVE: Fungal Disease Awareness Week: What is fungal skin infection and how to prevent it

Updated on Sep 23, 2021 05:22 AM IST  |  91.5K
   
EXCLUSIVE: Fungal Disease Awareness Week: What is fungal skin infection and how to prevent it
EXCLUSIVE: Fungal Disease Awareness Week: What is fungal skin infection and how to prevent it
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Fungal skin diseases are brought about by various sorts of fungi and are the main reasons behind irritated skin. Fungi attack and develop in dead keratin, a protein that makes up your skin, hair and nails. The various sorts of fungal diseases are caused by various groups of fungi. Some common fungal skin infections include ringworm, intertrigo, nail infections, Athlete’s foot, etc.

The likelihood of fungal infections increase in the following cases:
If you are overweight
Not drying your skin completely after a shower or wash
Walking barefoot in shower and wet locations
In case of a pregnancy
If you have a weak immune system
If you suffer from diabetes
If you are exposed to a person or animal with fungal infections.
Due to a recent course of antibiotics
Fungal rashes can at times be mistaken for other skin conditions, for example, psoriasis and eczema. Fungal skin diseases can bring about a number of skin rashes; some of them being red, textured and itchy. The organism can influence only one region or a few zones of your body. In the event that you get a fungal disease of your scalp, you might lose some hair.

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There are steps that can be performed in order to protect yourself from getting parasitic skin contamination:
Dry your skin properly after a shower
Try not to share hairbrushes, towels or combs since they might be carrying fungi
In case a family member has been infected with scalp ringworm, hats, pillows, combs or scissors should be soaked using water and bleach
Allow your shoes sufficient time to dry out by alternating them every two or three days
In order to keep moisture away from the skin, wear loose clothes that are made of cotton or other breathable materials.
Socks, bed linen and clothes should be washed regularly to prevent the growth of any fungi
In communal and wet areas like saunas, swimming pools, showers, etc., wear clean plastic shoes or flip-flops.
If you have diabetes, try to keep your blood sugar under control

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About the author: Dr. Jagatjit Singh Kohli, Dermatologist, who also consults on Practo

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