How to Treat Fungal Infection
If you are reading this, you or a loved one probably have a fungal infection, and you want to know what you can do to help speed along the recovery process. Here are several tips on how to treat the fungal infection and stop it from returning or spreading.
First of all, you need to make sure that you keep your fungal infection clean and dry. Fungal infections like damp, sweaty places, so it is important to keep the location dry, especially if it is under close-fitting clothes, like socks and underwear. It is best to wear light, airy clothes and open-toed shoes, for proper ventilation.
Fungal Infections and Other People
Avoid allowing the infected body part to come in contact with any other part of your body, and with other people. Fungal infections are very contagious, and they spread through contact.
You should avoid allowing other people to wear any clothes that the infected person has worn, because the fungus can survive on clothes. Once the fungal infection is over, thoroughly disinfect any lightly worn clothes, and throw away heavily worn clothes that frequently came in contact with the infection. If the fungal infection was on the feet or nether regions, throw away the socks or underwear.
Fungal Infections on the Nails
Treat any fungal infections on your nail as quickly as possible. It gets worst the longer that you have it. Nail infections start by becoming discolored, then steadily become misshapen. Eventually, it becomes brittle, separates from the nail bed, and then crumbles or falls off. Since nails can’t absorb liquid, you need to apply the treatment to the area directly surrounding the nail. Pay special attention to the cuticle and the area directly under the tip of the nail. For the more advanced infections, you should see a doctor, so that he can prescribe stronger treatment.
When applying treatment, you have to be consistent. If the treatment says that you have to use it daily, do not skip a day. Even if you are very busy. That one day without the treatment gives the fungus the chance to recover and take back space that it has lost to the treatment.
Most importantly, you have to keep using the treatment for at least three weeks after all signs have disappeared. Just because your skin looks clear does not mean that the fungus is dead. If you stop too soon, the infection will recover and begin to spread again.