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Fungal Foe: How Tos of Fungal Skin Infection

Uncover the root causes of fungal skin infections and keep your skin healthy and clear.

During this season when the scorching heat makes you want to spend time on the beach or just be in the pool, there is one thing that you should look out for: fungal skin infections. More than the physical discomfort, these can also cause emotional distress and decrease your quality of life. With the heat of the summer coming in, it is essential to arm yourself with the right information and solutions to prevent or manage fungal skin infections.

What is fungal skin infection?

A fungus is a small organism that can be found everywhere—in the air, water, and on human bodies as well. Half of the fungi are known to be harmful and if they land on your skin, it can lead to fungal infection, where you may develop a rash or feel itchy.

Fungal skin infections thrive in warm and moist environments, making it a common concern in places where humidity is high. Some types of fungal infections are the following:

  • Athlete's foot
  • Ringworm
  • Jock itch
  • Yeast infection

Each type of infection presents unique symptoms but all cause significant discomfort.

Anyone may develop fungal infections, even active and healthy people are not safe from these. However, having a weak immune system and having illnesses are more prone to experience fungal skin infections.

What are the common causes of fungal skin infections?

Several reasons play in the cause of skin infections, but here are some common reasons that are important to take note of so you can be aware and informed:

  • Humidity and heat: Prolonged exposure to moist and warm environments may cause fungal growth.
  • Compromised immune system: Individuals with weakened immune systems are more susceptible.
  • Exposure to unclean spaces: Public shared spaces like public toilets, pools, gyms, etc., are common hotspots for contracting fungal infections.
  • Poor hygiene: Poor hygiene practices can potentially increase the possibility of contracting infections.

How can you prevent fungal skin infections?

While the summer is here, it is worth noting some ways that you can apply to prevent fungal skin infections. Here are five helpful and simple tips for you:

1. Keep your skin clean and dry

Make sure you regularly wash and thoroughly dry your skin, especially in fold areas. This will ensure that your skin is clean and also not moist, which can make you prone to fungal infections.

2. Wear comfortable and breathable clothing

Instead of wearing tight-fit clothing, choose loose and cotton-based fabrics as this will help minimize the moisture buildup on your skin.

3. Try anti-fungal powders

Anti-fungal powder can help absorb moisture in prone areas and can be applied in shoes, socks, and certain parts of your body.

4. Practice foot hygiene

The foot is one of the common and prone body parts where fungal infection starts, make sure you practice foot hygiene like changing your socks daily and avoiding walking in public areas barefoot.

5. Keep a healthy lifestyle

Make sure to boost your immune system by maintaining a balanced and healthy diet, supplying your body with enough nutrients, and also regularly engaging in physical activity or exercising to keep a lifestyle that can protect your immunity.

How can you take care of your skin?

When it comes to treatment, Elica Cream and Ointment stand out for their effectiveness. Containing the active ingredient Mometasone Furoate, Elica is designed to reduce inflammation, itching, and redness associated with skin infections, including those of fungal origin.

Elica Cream is ideal for moist or weeping areas of the skin, providing a soothing effect without exacerbating symptoms.

Elica Ointment is best suited for dry, scaly areas, offering deep hydration while combating fungal infection symptoms.

Fungal skin infections, while troublesome, are preventable and manageable with the right care. By understanding their causes, utilizing effective treatments, and adopting preventive measures, you can protect your skin's health and enjoy a life free from the discomfort of fungal infections. Remember, early treatment is key to preventing the spread and worsening of these conditions. — (MyPharma)



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