Fungal/Bacterial Infections

There are multiple types of skin conditions that can be caused by certain types of fungus, or excessive growth of normal fungus that is usually harmless Common infections include athlete’s foot, ringworm and nail infections.

 

Athlete’s foot (tinea) affects approximately one in four adults at some time in their lives. It can be caused by a combination of fungi and bacteria that can causes skin to become itchy, dry, scaly and red. Tinea can affect any part of your body from your feet to your scalp The disease is transmitted by coming into contact with infected individuals skin, such as though direct contact, sharing of towels or showers etc. Another name for a bodily tinea infection is ringworm (although this is a misnomer, with no worms being involved).

 

Nail infections usually involve the nail thickening and becoming discoloured. It can cause nails to become malformed and crumbly. Nail infections are caused by a variety of types of fungi. Diseases of this nature are collectively referred to as onychomycoses.

 

You can be more at risk to fungal skin infections if you have recently taken a course of antibiotics, are taking steroids, have high blood sugar levels, are overweight or have a weakened immune system.

 

To reduce the risk of fungal skin infections –

  • Dry your skin well after bathing

  • Wear cotton clothing or clothing that wicks away moisture

  • Wear thongs in communal showers, change rooms and swimming pools

  • Don’t share towels, hair brushes or combs

  • Wash bed linen and towels regularly

 

Fungal infections can be persistent, irritating and unsightly but at Healthy Skin Solutions we can help you to resolve them quickly and ensure they don’t return. We can help you to improve immune function and ensure that the skin is an effective barrier against these aggravating invasions.