Fungal Skin Infections or Eczema?

What Are Fungal Skin Infections And How Can You Treat It?
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What Are Fungal Skin Infections And How Can You Treat It?

Eczema sufferers are very prone to getting fungal skin infections because their protective barrier is constantly open. The problem is, you may not know the difference and could be treating it wrong. Fortunately, it’s not a serious problem and if treated correctly, you can can get rid of it rather quickly.

Fungal skin infections can happen in adults and children. Symptoms of fungal skin infections are easily identified; At least visually by your doctor. The skin appears red, scaly and dry. It can be associated with chronic itching and can be found in mostly in ‘damp’ parts of the body. Typically, where you sweat the most.

The Cause

When you are sick , taking steroids or antibiotics, you can easily get skin fungus. The cause of the problem lies in the medication you take and scratching open skin. Eczema sufferers tend to have not very good immune systems as it is. Antibiotics are medications that you use to remove harmful bacteria that are responsible for your infection or illness. Unfortunately, with this drug, it can remove some of the good bacteria that is in our body. When a population of useful bacteria is reduced, fungi can use it to colonise.

In most cases, fungal infections of the skin on the skin surface are fairly benign and cannot be transmitted easily to others. For prevention, eczema sufferers need good preparation. Keep your skin dry and fresh all the time. Moisture can attract fungi and bacteria, which can exacerbate skin infections. Therefore, avoid sweating by wearing loose clothes and cotton. Also, dry yourself well after bathing. Avoid using personal belongings of others, because fungal skin infections can still be transmitted from one person to another.

Treatment

Most eczema suffers know the difference and are already prepare with medication that works for them. But, if you’re treating your eczema and it’s not going away, there is a chance that it maybe a fungal skin infection.

A visit to the doctor will be very useful, especially if you cannot remove the yeast infection. In severe cases, the doctor may recommend taking a sample of the skin, nails or hair of the patient and perform a laboratory test. There are several types of fungal skin infections. These include athlete’s foot, Lily Valley flowers, nail infections, athletic itching and ringworm on the body and scalp.

To treat fungal skin infections, topical application is usually prescribed. They come with different strengths and depend on the severity of their infection. Oral medication with a doctor’s prescription is generally recommended to treat serious fungal skin infection. There are some free medications that you can buy, but it is highly recommended that you discuss the symptoms with a doctor and never treat yourself.

2 thoughts on “Fungal Skin Infections or Eczema?”

  1. This article got me thinking. I think it can be embarrassing for a person to go to the doctor when there could be a fungal infection because that is associated with poor hygiene even if there can be other explanations for you to get one.

    Probably at least since my teenage years, my head became too delicate and every time we had to switch shampoo without fail my head skin would get dandruff something that still happens to this day when I switch. Growing up I remember the hair near my scalp used to get pretty greasy so I think I had Seborrheic dermatitis. I don’t know if it was just because that episode was temporary teenager stuff, but a piece of advice that apparently helped reduce the greasiness was to decrease the use of conditioner and make sure to not use it in the scalp area just mediums and the rest of your flowy hair. Not to tie your hair or cover it while it is still wet. Strong summer is still hard to deal with, haha, gets my scalp so itchy.

    Now that I think about it I’ve never really tried to bring this to the attention of any doctor. It might be a good idea to check it out. Who knows maybe my hair loss problem could actually be related since it seems i some cases that might be caused by SD.

    1. It’s actually nothing to be embarrassed about and it’s actually very common. People just don’t talk about it. The doctor may be able to sort a treatment that’s actually rather easy and simple to use! 🙂

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