Fungal infections are common throughout much of the natural world. In humans, fungal infections occur when an invading fungus takes over an area of the body and is too much for the immune system to handle. Fungi can live in the air, soil, water, and plants.
There are also some fungi that live naturally in the human body. Like many microbes, there are helpful fungi and harmful fungi. When harmful fungi invade the body, they can be difficult to kill, as they can survive in the environment and re-infect the person trying to get better.
In this article, we will look at how we can prevent and treat fungal infections.
- Treat the Area for as Long as Recommended
Anti-fungal medicine may work quickly. You may see clearing or no longer feel symptoms in a few days. If this happens, you should still treat the area for as long as your dermatologist recommends.
- Wash Your Hands Before Touching
After touching the area with ringworm, wash your hands before touching another area of your body. Touching or scratching the area with ringworm and then touching another area can spread ringworm from one part of your body to another. Washing your hands well can help prevent this.
- Keep the Infected Area Clean and Dry
- The fungus that causes ringworm thrives in warm, moist areas, so you have to keep the area clean and dry.
- When cleaning the area with ringworm, wash the affected area and dry it with a clean towel. Use another clean towel to dry the other parts of your body.
- Before using these towels again, wash them in hot water. To keep the area dry, avoid wearing clothes, socks, and shoes that make you sweat.
- Treat All Ringworm at the Same Time
If you have athlete’s foot and ringworm on your hands, it’s important to treat both your feet and hands. If you treat only one area, you’ll still have a ringworm infection. The infection can quickly spread to other areas again. Because ringworm is very contagious, you can also spread ringworm to other people.
- Change Your Clothes, Including Underwear and Socks, Every Day
Wash the clothes before wearing them again. This includes clothes you wear to work out.
- Shower After Working Out
Fungi thrive in moist, warm areas. You have to wash away perspiration and keep the area dry.
- Avoid Sharing Towels and Other Personal Items
You can easily spread ringworm to others by sharing towels, hats, combs, and other personal items. The fungi can survive on objects for a long time.
- Wear Shower Thongs or Waterproof Shoes
You must wear shower thongs or waterproof shoes in locker rooms, showers that others use, and pool areas. If you have athlete’s foot, this helps prevent spreading it to others. It also gives you some protection if someone else has ringworm.
- Disinfect Infected Items
The fungi that cause ringworm can survive for a long time. To avoid re-infecting yourself with infected items, you should wash clothes, towels, and bedding that you use while you have ringworm. Be sure to wash everything in hot, soapy water.
Disinfecting items is also important because if you continue to use an infected item, treatment may not work.
- Keep All Follow-Up Appointments with Best Dermatologist
Ringworm often clears with the first treatment a dermatologist prescribes. Sometimes, ringworm can be stubborn, or patients unknowingly do something that prevents the treatment from working. For these reasons, it best to keep follow-up appointments.
Dr. Aditya Favade
D. Dermatology (Ay.)
Dermatologist & Cosmetologist