Fungi live almost everywhere. You can find them in plants, soil, and even on human skin. These microscopic organisms on your skin don’t cause any problem, but they are chances for it to multiply faster than usual, penetrate your skin when you have a cut or lesion.
Fungi thrive in warm and moist environments, and fungal infections can often occur in sweaty or damp areas, such as your feet, groin areas, and skin folds that don’t get adequate airflow. These infections result in a scaly rash or skin colorations that are often itchy.
Most of the time, fungal skin infections are spread through direct contact, i.e., through coming in contact with fungi infected clothing or other items, on a person or animal.
How you can prevent them
Below are the tips you can consider to prevent from the occurrence of fungal skin infection:
- Follow good hygiene habits.
- Don’t share your clothes, towels, or other personal items with anyone.
- Go for clothing and shoes that breathe well. Do not use clothing or shoes that are too tight.
- Wear clean clothes daily, especially socks and underwear are must to be changed.
- Dry yourself off properly with a clean, dry towel after showering or swimming.
- Avoid walking with bare feet in locker rooms. Wear flip-flops instead.
- Stay away from your pets if they show signs of a fungal infection, such as missing fur or repeated scratching.
When to see a doctor
Several fungal skin infections can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) fungal treatments.
However, you can reach out to your doctor if you:
- have a fungal skin infection that doesn’t respond to OTC treatment.
- have patches of hair loss along with itchiness.
- have a weak immune system and doubt a fungal infection.
The bottom line
Although fungal skin infections aren’t usually serious, they cause discomfort and irritation. If not treated, it might spread to other body parts. Opt for OTC products to treat them. If it still persists, see your doctor and get a prescription for more effective treatment.