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Know About fungal infection by Skin Soul Clinic Vashi

There’s nothing like the first shower of monsoon to bring things to life. Everybody loves to get drenched and soaked in the drizzle that has been awaited for long. However, with the onset of monsoon comes numerous diseases which prevent you from being at the best of your health.

Monsoon brings with it skin and fungal infection that can be downright uncomfortable but you can fight off these fungal infections. Humidity in air and excessive sweating tends to favor fungus to grow and multiply at a rapid rate. The Fungus needs moisture and warmth, and monsoon provides it a conducive atmosphere to thrive and multiply.

Fungal infection tends to affect folds of the skin, moist areas like groins, armpits, mouth, genitals, under the breasts, webs between fingers and toes, etc. Our skin protects us from fungal/yeast attack, but any cut or break in the continuity of the skin can allow penetration of fungus. It gives rise to rash, eruptions, redness, burning, intolerable itching, and abnormal discharges at times. Fungal infection tends to last for many years if not treated well.

Types of fungal infection:

Tinea Cruris / Ringworm.

Tinea Alba (Pityriasis Alba).

Tinea Versicolor (Pityriasis Versicolor).

Pityriasis Rosea.

Fungal Infection of Nails (Onychomycosis).


Hygiene is important to keep fungal infection at bay. Take bath twice and change your inner garments too. Keep your private area clean and dry. Fungal infection is contagious, one should avoid sharing towels, handkerchief, and inner garments with anybody. Rinse your new clothes before trying them on.

Keep a spare set of clothes handy just in case you unexpectedly get wet while reaching office or anywhere else. Use pure cotton clothes as cotton tends to absorb moisture, keeping your body dry. Synthetic fibers tend to cause fungal infection. Wear loose-fitting clothes so that air circulation is proper in groin areas and axillae.

Never keep your skin wet for too long. Take bath with lukewarm water and apply plain anti-fungal powder especially in folds of the skin.

Dr. Sneh Thadani explains the ever-rising antifungal drug resistance, she explains that once the treatment is given, kindly follow up even if the entire infection has settled.

Fungal infection is highly recurrent and contagious.

The entire family should get treated at the same time period so that the treatment is effective and it also reduces the recurrence rate.

Dr. Sneh Thadani

( Skin Soul Clinic, Vashi Navi Mumbai. )


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