Fungal Infections What You Need To Know About Them

Fungal Infections What You Need To Know About Them

Fungal infections are common through the world. Fungal infections happen when an invading fungus attacks our body and it is too much for our immune system to handle.

Symptoms

The symptoms of fungal infection will be different for different infections, but there are common symptoms such as:

  • Skin changes (this includes change of the color of your skin, your skin staring to crack or peel)
  •   Itchiness

 The rest of the symptoms are different for ever fungal infection.

 

The well known fungal infections are:

 

  • Athlete’s foot
  • Yeast infection
  • Ringworm
  • Nail fungus
  • Oral thrush
  • Diaper rash

 

There are different symptoms for all of the Fungal infections and also different ways to treat them in this article I will give you a brief explanation on what the symptoms are and also how you can get treated if you are infected with one of these infections.

Athlete’s Foot

Athletes’s foot or tinea pedis is a fungal infection that affects the foot. As the name suggests athlete’s foot is commonly associated with sports because the fungus grows perfectly in moist environments, such as public showers, swimming pools, locker rooms, visiting any kind of public place barefoot. There is also a chance that you can get athlete’s foot if you have a minor injury on your foot (skin or nail), having sweaty feet and also if you keep your feet wet for long periods of time.

But this doesn’t mean that only athletes are affected anyone can be affected by athlete’s foot, it’s more common in warmer climates and also mostly in summer months, the reason behind that is because they can quickly multiply in the summer when it’s warmer. 

Symptoms

There are many different possible symptoms of athlete’s foot

  • Dry skin on your soles or sides of your feet
  • Raw skin on your feet
  • Discolored, thick, and crumbly toenails
  • Itching, stinging, and burning between your toes or on soles of your feet
  • Blisters on your feet that itch
  • Toenails that pull away from the nail bed

 

Athlete’s foot diagnosed

There is only one way that you can be sure that you have athlete’s foot, and that is for you to get a skin test, skin tests are usually done by doctors that are specialized for skin therapy they will probably scrap of some skin from the infected area to confirm if you really do have athlete’s foot.

 

The process for them to confirm it can go two different way either for them to check under a microscope for evidence of any fungus, the second way is for them to place the scrapes of your skin in potassium hydroxide, the KOH destroys normal cells and leaves the fungal cells untouched and with this way it will be a lot easier to see under the microscope.

Yeast infection

Vaginal yeast infections are really uncomfortable, coursing itchiness, irritation and also discharge. They are common form of Candida overgrowth in woman, it’s also quite common three out of four women get yeast infection in some point in their life.

 

Candida Overgrowth can disrupt the normal balance of the bacteria and yeast in the vagina. This change may be due to stress, hormone imbalances or even poor eating habits.

 

But there is good news yeast infections can usually managed with OTC (over-the-counter) treatments and home remedies.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms of yeast infections are:

  • Swelling and itching around the vagina 
  •  Pain during urination
  • Discoloring and soreness on and around the vagina

 

Diagnosis

Yeast infections can appear for different reasons, they are common to develop during a women’s period or during pregnancy, the reason behind that is due to the hormonal changes, also the use of birth control pills increase the chance of getting a yeast infection.

 

Because of the symptoms of the yeast infection it makes it easy to be diagnosed, doctors may ask about your personal medical history and if you had any yeast infections in the past or STI (sexually transmitted infections), you can also expect to be ask if you have been taking antibiotics recently.

 

The reason why antibiotics is you take them to kill harmful bacterial infections but they might also kill the lactobacillus bacteria, which are good bacteria that keep the yeast in your body in check and basically stops any kind of yeast infections from starting.

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