Don’t let the fungal infections take the fun out of summer - Dr Lipy Gupta
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Don’t let the fungal infections take the fun out of summer

Don’t let the fungal infections take the fun out of summer

At any given time, there are probably many types of microscopic fungus living on and inside your body. Don’t be upset: It’s absolutely normal and most of the time these fungi don’t cause any issues. But sometimes, fungus growth can get out of control or cause unwanted symptoms and this is called a fungal infection.

Even though fungal infections can happen all year round, we can be particularly susceptible to some, such as thrush and tines, during summer. Fungi increases in warm and moist conditions, making areas of the body that get sweaty in summer perfect habitats. Activities that are common in summer, like using public showers at pools and beaches, can also help in spreading fungi.

How to prevent fungal infection?

The good thing is that most fungal infections can be easily prevented with over-the-counter medication and consultation from dermatologist, if needed. Follow these tips for preventing fungal infections this summer, and know how to easily avoid them if you do get infected.

Maintain hygiene: Good personal hygiene practices can help keep fungus at inlet. By keeping your skin clean and dry is one of the best ways to prevent fungal infections. Wash your body regularly and dry off thoroughly, before putting on clean, dry clothes.

Change your inner clothes and socks daily: Clothes that get sweaty or are in close contact with the body, like inner-wear, should be changed each day, or after you exercise. Make sure you put on fresh clothes each time you go to the gym or work out.

Wear footwear in public bathrooms: Protect your feet from fungus by wearing easy-to-dry shoes when using public wash rooms.

Look after your immune system: Looking after your body by eating a well-balanced diet and getting enough exercise and rest will help promote a healthy immune system which can keep fungus in control.

How to treat fungal infection?

Over the counter medications contain triple combination with steroids as one of the component application of these creams may give you transient relief but may produce stretch marks, hypo-pigmentation and loose skin as side effect. It is advisable to consult Dermatologist. 3-4 of oral anti-fungal have become almost mandatory in this era of fungal resistance. Combined Ctopical medications it gives lasting relief. The chances of recurrence of fungal infection is further reduced, when topical medications are given in combination with oral anti-fungal.

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