Fungal infections are easy to pick up, can cause misery, but are actually easy to treat without medication.
Fungal infections affect the skin, and sometimes the nails. Common ones you’ll have heard of include athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm (nothing to do with worms – it’s the shape of the skin patches that gives it its name).
Stop the spread
Fungal infections are highly infectious. They spread easily from one part of the body to another, and from person to person. So if you have a fungal infection, take precautions so as not to pass it on (for example, wear foot coverings if you’re going swimming and you have athlete’s foot).
Fungal infections love warm, moist environments, so make sure you keep your skin clean and dry. Also, take extra care if you’re going to be spending time in warm, moist conditions, as you’re at greater risk of picking up a skin fungus.
Generally fungal infections aren’t serious, and they aren’t harmful to your health. But the itching and burning associated with them can cause distress, and any broken skin or blistering that occurs with them can themselves become infected and leave you open to further problems. So if you notice a patchy skin rash appearing that could herald a fungal infection, it’s worth taking some extra time and effort to deal with it.
First of all, prevention is always better than cure. If, for example, you notice the onset of athlete’s foot, take extra care to keep your feet clean and dry. This should include exfoliating the skin on and around your foot, as the infection will develop in dead skin. Also, use talcum powder to keep your feet dry. Pay attention, too, to your footwear. Make sure it’s properly dry, and not too tightly fitting. If you’re active on your feet, or you’re in a moist environment, change your footwear as regularly as you can.
If you’ve developed a full blown fungal infection and it’s driving you crazy, there are some simple ways of getting rid of it. Essential oils, such as tea tree oil (which is commonly available) are known to be effective at treating skin fungus. If it’s ringworm, then apple cider vinegar is a good cure. Obviously apply these solutions to the skin – don’t drink them! You can also bathe affected skin in a hydrogen peroxide solution, and you can use nail polish to treat fungal infections that have affected the nails.
So don’t despair at the itching that comes with a fungal infection – you can easily treat them without medication.