3 Common Fungal Infections and Their Treatments

Fungal infections can affect anyone with a weak immune system. Learning about them can help you recognize the symptoms and prevent serious complications.

Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot is a common fungus infection that affects the foot. The fungus grows in moist and warm environments and is usually associated with sports and athletes.

Symptoms

  • Blisters or redness in the affected area.
  • Cracking or peeling skin.
  • Burning and itching sensation in the infected area.
  • The skin scales and peels away.

Treatment

The treatment is usually done using topical antifungal ointments. Severe infections require additional oral medications. Clean and keep the feet dry to kill the fungus.

Yeast Infection

Overgrowth of candida disrupts the normal balance of bacteria and yeast in the vagina. The imbalance can be due to hormone imbalance, stress and antibiotics. Candida infections can also cause diaper rash and fungal toenail infections.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and itching around the vagina.
  • Pain or burning sensation during urination.
  • Soreness or redness around the vagina.
  • Unusual vaginal discharge.

Treatment

The treatment depends on the severity of the infection. The standard treatment includes over the counter treatment creams and tablets. Complex treatment required for severe infections. Proper hygiene and proper diet helps prevent yeast infections.

Ringworm

Ringworm is a skin infection caused by fungus living on dead tissues such as skin, nail and hair. The ringworm fungus causes athletes foot and jock itch. The infection is contagious and can spread through skin to skin contact.

Symptoms

  • The scaly red patch is itchy.
  • Ring shaped patch on skin.

Treatment

The treatment depends on the severity of the ringworm infection. Medicated ointments and over the counter creams are effective in treating the infection. Severe ringworm infection requires a prescription. Keep the skin clean and dry to avoid the infection.

When you see the first sign of fungus infection, it is best to consult a doctor.