What Causes Fungal Skin Infections?

service2The last thing you expect is to be told that you have a fungal skin infection. You don’t want one and the moment you find out you have one, your only goal is to get rid of it. Most people are sickened by the mere thought of a fungal infection.

Truth be told, we live with plenty of fungi on the surface of our skin. Most often, they cause no harm. But when the proper elements are introduced, a skin infection can result and have lasting effects that are disastrous. Infections are typically categorized into two types, superficial and systemic. Both have many subcategories that cover infections like ringworm, jock itch, oral thrust, vaginal yeast infections, and more.

Each infection will affect the individual differently, and one person may experience a more severe infection than someone else with the same type of condition. A qualified physician can evaluate your personal situation and tell you the cause of the infection. She will determine the severity and give you medication and instructions. If you need any additional help, she will provide a recommendation.

Here are a few common helpful suggestions when you have an infection, regardless of the type:

  1. Drink lots of water. It will help flush out your system.
  2. Take your medicine on time and regularly. Do not stop taking your medicine before it’s finished. It must have time to run its course.
  3. If you have a throat infection, keep your throat moist.
  4. If you smoke, quit or cut back severely (as much as possible). Your body is having enough trouble fighting the infection without having to ward off the effects of smoking cigarettes.
  5. If you have an underlying condition that gives you a weakened immune system, be aware of it constantly, as it may lead to more frequent infections.
  6. Keep yourself clean and healthy, don’t share your toothbrush, and don’t put yourself at risk.
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