Information about Fungal Infections
We Have to Know about the Fungal Infections
- Superficial fungal infestations occur as infections of the skin and nails.
- Fungal infection of a person’s scalp or body is called Ringworm
- Fungal infection of mouth is called Oral Thrush
Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions
- Growth over the skin?
Causes of Fungal Infections
- Athlete’s Foot
- Oral Thrush
- Vaginal Yeast Infection
- Nail Fungus
- Jock Itch
- Diaper Rash
Do’s and Don’ts Fungal Infections
Signs & Symptoms of Fungal Infections
- Ringworm of the skin: Itchy rash resembling a ring, with a clear center and elevated, red scaly border
- Nail infections: A distinct white or yellow spot on the nail, discolored, damaged, splitting, brittle, thickened and rough nails
- Oral thrush: Curd-like white patches inside the mouth, on the tongue, palate and around the lips. Red, inflamed areas underneath the white surface, with slight bleeding when attempting to scrape off the white patches
Medical advice for Fungal Infections
- When the above symptoms arise
Risk factors of Fungal Infections
- Impaired immune system owing to illnesses such as diabetes, cancer or AIDS
- Keeping skin damp or wet for long periods of time
Treatment for Fungal Infections
Self-care for Fungal Infections
- Avoid close contact with people who have ringworm of the scalp, beard or skin
- Keep the nails clean and dry. Dry the feet well after a bath or shower, especially between the toes.
- Visit the dentist if you have an irritation caused by dentures.
- Pregnant women should be checked for vaginal thrush to prevent oral thrush infection of their newborn babies
Investigations for Fungal Infections
- Microscopic examination of scrappings