People of all ages can get affected by fungus infection which is almost impossible to avoid due to the fact that fungi live everywhere.
On the other hand, there are also beneficial fungi that live on the skin but when they proliferate, they lead to skin issues such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections. They are not dangerous but they can be very embarrassing and uncomfortable.
Sharing hygiene items and clothes with people who are affected are the major reasons why skin fungus appears.
Since the fungi thrives n moist places, the most affected group are the people and children with no bladder control, people with weakened immune system, those who sweat excessively, people who work close together with people like studens, nurses, doctors, people who took immune-suppressants or antibiotics for a long period of time, etc.
Our genital area, feet, toes, armpits and places where the skin creases are the most affected parts, which is why you should be very cautious when you use public places like swimming pools, locker rooms, etc.
Moreover, you should wear natural fabrics like cotton and linen, especially for the underwear because the synthetic materials also cause fungus. You should also keep the skin under the breasts dry and clean as well as your toes.
Weakened immune system is another important risk factor for fungal infections, so in order to prevent that, you should eat diet rich in fruits and veggies, as well as probiotics (yogurt) which will improve the immune response of the body. Another important thing to know is that you must cut down on sugar since the fungus thrives on sugar. Good quality sleep and proper hydration are important too.
In order to prevent the spreading of the infections, make sure not to scratch the affected areas. To speed up the recovery process, you need to keep you skin dry and clean. Make sure to use only clean dry and clean towels and after the use, wash them on hot cycle.
Depending on the area where they appear, fungal infections give different symptoms. For instance, the jock itch usually affects the groin area in adult males who spend a lot of time in locker rooms. This skin issue is manifested by scaly red patches on the skin. On the other hand, the ringworm infections affect the groins, feet and the scalp and they are like small red area that is prickly and it becomes flaky in no time.
Fungal infections can be treated with many powders and ointments, but before using any of them, make sure to consult your dermatologist. This is especially important if you have diabetes or low immune system.