Fungal Infection Treatments

There are two kinds of fungal infections: ringworm and yeast infections. Fungal infections are quite common and can be painful and uncomfortable.

Ringworm is found anywhere on the body, including the scalp and inside the mouth. It is commonly known as jock itch when on the genitals and athlete’s foot when on the feet and is highly contagious.

Yeast infections are not contagious but also can appear anywhere on the body, though they are more likely to occur in the armpits, groin, nail beds, inside the mouth (known as thrush) and vagina.

If you suspect you have a fungal infection that does not clear on its own after 2 weeks, see a dermatologist.

Causes: Fungi live in the air and in the hospitable moist warm environments of dead tissue of hair, toenails and outer skin layers where they can create infection. Fungal infections occur more commonly alongside antibiotic use, diabetes, or obesity. Ringworm is transmitted from direct contact with infected individuals or from contact with surfaces touched, or clothing worn by, infected individuals. It can also be passed from infected pets to people or from infected soil to bare feet. Yeast infections are caused by candida, a yeast-like fungus present in healthy women. A diet high in sugar, overconsumption of alcohol, chronic stress, or taking oral contraceptives can enable candida to rapidly increase, causing a yeast infection.

Symptoms: Ringworm skin sores are often circular, red and flat and, frequently, scaly and overlapping. The outer raised edges can encircle normal-looking skin, though ringworm may lack red rash rings. Ringworm on the scalp may start as small sores or bumps. Many other skin conditions resemble ringworm, so it’s best to seek diagnosis by a board-certified dermatologist.

Yeast infections in skin folds may itch or burn and present as rashes, some oozing clear fluid, or pimple-like bumps. Yeast infections inside the mouth may present painful white patches on the tongue and insides of cheeks. Vaginal yeast infections involve white or yellow discharge, itching, burning, and redness around the external vaginal skin.

Basic Formula for recovery/healing/improvement: A microscopic examination of a sample from the affected area will ensure an accurate diagnosis. Topical medications are used to kill ringworm and inhibit its return. Skin yeast infections are often treated with medicated creams, thrush with medicated mouthwash or lozenges, and vaginal yeast infections with medicated suppositories. Severe infections may be treated with corticosteroids to relieve inflammation and itching. Fungal infections can be difficult to kill, so it’s important to follow the entire course of treatment and avoid contaminants.

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