Fungus on skin is contagious infection, which can spread from person to person by direct contact.
Fungus infection on the skin spreads fast if not controlled and treated; it also gives rise to secondary bacterial infection in some individuals.
Different types of Fungus on Skin are
- Jock itch.
- Candida infection.
- Athlete’s foot.
- Beard ringworm.
At times, when the immunity of the person is very low, fungus on the skin may spread in the blood and affect the vital internal organs.
Causes of Fungus on Skin
- Fungus likes moisture for its growth, body parts where perspiration is more is always vulnerable to fungus infection. Foot, thigh and groin, armpits, scalp and face are usually affected by skin fungus.
- Fungi get an opportunity to grow, when your immune system is compromised. Chronic illness, specific illness like AIDS, vitamin deficiency etc, accelerate its growth.
- Prolong use of corticosteroids and antibiotics.
- Diabetes, cancer etc.
General symptoms of fungus on skin infection are rash on the affected part, itching, redness, skin becomes moist and sheds on scratching, and there may be concomitant bleeding due to intense scratching.
Treatment of Fungus on Skin Infection
- Regularly wash your skin with antibacterial soap and dry it with a cloth.
- Keep the area dry from sweat and moisture by applying anti fungal powder.
- You may sprinkle little baking powder in your shoes, when you keep them in the rack. As this is the breeding ground for athlete’s foot.
- Apple cider vinegar is an effective home remedy for fungus on skin, especially ringworm infection. Take a small cotton ball and apply apple cider vinegar to it. Now massage the fungal area with it. Apply the lotion twice in a day. It takes a week or two to cure this infection.
- Eat green leafy vegetables, fruits as vitamins are necessary to improve the condition.
- Control diabetes if present.
- In some cases your doctor may advise antifungal tablets and ointment.