Treatment Of Fungal Skin Infections

Treatment Of Fungal Skin Infections

Treatment of fungal skin infections

Fungal skin infections are caused by multiple forms of fungi and usually, lead itchy skin.  The fungi occupy and grow within dead keratin; keratin is a protein that makes up a person's skin, hair and nails.  There are different types of fungal infections which are divided into groups based on what kind of fungus is involved.

Fungal Nail infections
Fungal nail infection
Pityriasis Versicolor
Vaginal Thrush

Symptoms of fungal skin infections

Symptoms of fungal skin infections depend on the cause, different fungi have different effects, and could depend on where it is.  Also a warning, fungal rashes are commonly confused with other skin conditions with similar symptoms, such as psoriasis and eczema, so you'll need to be careful.  There are multiple types of rashes caused by fungal skin infections.  They can be red; they can be scaly, and they can be itchy.  Others may produce a fine scale, similar to dry skin.  The effect may be limited to just one area, or it could be spread across several areas of your body.  If the infection is on your scalp, there is a chance you may suffer minor hair loss.  You don't necessarily need to see your GP if you have contracted a fungal infection.  You could handle it at home with simple over-the-counter medicines.  If you aren't sure what medications are required, ask a pharmacist.  If the condition of the rash worsens or isn't helped by over-the-counter drugs, then you'll have to contact your GP for advice.

Now to treat your infection, after you shower or bath, dry the affected area of your skin thoroughly, especially in the folds of your skin.  It is possible for some types of fungal infections to be spread to other people.  Because of this, it's Imperative, you wash your clothes, bedding and towels on a regular, frequent basis to get rid of the fungus.  You may find it helpful to wear loose-fitting clothing made of cotton too, or a material that's designed to keep moisture away from your skin.

Fungal Skin Treatment

Antifungal treatment that you put directly onto your skin is usually required.  These are known as topical therapies.  These come in the form of lotions, creams, paints, shampoos, pessaries and medicated powders.  Some of these will be available over the counter at a pharmacist so you won't need to get a prescription from your doctor.  It is important to read the patient information leaflet that comes with the medication, to learn how to correctly apply for the medicine.  If you have any question after that, get in touch with the pharmacist and ask them.

Terbinafine Cream
Terbinafine Tablets
Fluconazole Capsules
Nystaform cream or ointment

You may need to take tablets if your rash covers a considerably large area of your skin or affects your nails or scalp, Your GP could also prescribe you some tablets if your topical treatment hasn't worked.  A fair warning, however, tablets can sometimes cause side-effects, such as skin irritation.  Keep in mind your symptoms can return, even if they appear to have cleared up.  It's important to use your treatment for up to two weeks after your symptoms go away.