Skin Fungus Treatment

The treatment for a skin fungus infection is not complicated.  Most health care professionals prescribe antifungal creams which are quite effective and help prevent a relapse of the problem.  There are several other anti-fungal creams that are available OTC.  

Most OTC drugs that are available would contain 1% each of terbinafine and clotrimazole.  For more serious fungal infections (like ones involving toe nails) oral medications that contain terbinafine are prescribed.  There are other medications containing itraconazole or fluconazole that address a wide spectrum of fungal infections.

If the treatment procedure is not effective, there may be a need to investigate the infection and ensure whether it is eczema or a fungal infection, after which appropriate medication can be prescribed.  Some basic tests can confirm whether the problem is a skin fungal infection or not. 

Risk factors for skin fungal infections

  • Consuming certain corticosteroids and antibiotics
  • Being diabetic
  • Weakened immune system
For treating fungal infections it therefore becomes necessary to strengthen the immune system, control diabetes and avoid certain medications.  When these precautions are complemented by the right kind of medication (anti fungal creams and oral medicines if the need arises), the treatment becomes holistic and very effective.  

Precautions

  • Avoid scratching the infected area in spite of itching sensation
  • Let the infected area be kept dry and free of dirt and dust
  • Always wash skin with an antiseptic cleanser before applying the fungal cream lotion or ointment 
  • If an earlier skin fungal infection develops into a bacterial infection then your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.  

Prevention measures for skin fungal infection

  • The most important precaution that would prevent various kinds of skin fungal infections is to maintain hygiene and avoid sharing of personal toiletries like hairbrush, towels and combs
  • Those with diabetes should control sugar levels in order to help cure the infection effectively
  • Keep changing footwear once every 2-3 days to prevent athlete’s foot infection; wash feet with a good cleanser and wipe it fully dry before application of the prescribed medication
  • Wear loose fitting clean clothes, preferably made of natural fabric
  • See that your skin is maintained clean and dry; wash skin with antiseptic soap and pat dry or use a dryer
Here is an example of a skin fungal infection and its treatment. 

Impetigo

This is the most prevalent among the bacterial infections that can affect the skin.  The Staphylocuccus aureus bacteria cause impetigo.  Children are more likely to be affected by these bacteria than adults.  Pustular bumps and eruptions containing pus are primary symptoms of this skin ailment.

OTC creams are usually ineffective against impetigo. Antibiotics and creams containing mupirocin, prescribed by health care professional can address this problem effectively.  



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