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What you need to know about fungal infections
Fungal infections, also known as mycosis, are fairly common and can affect our skin, nails, lungs, as well as other parts of the body. In fact, fungal skin infections rank in the top most contracted diseases affecting close to 1 billion people worldwide. If left untreated many types of fungal infections can lead to more life threatening illnesses. Although most fungi are generally harmless to humans, such as edible mushrooms, certain types like Tinea versicolor, Aspergillus, and Candida can easily cause diseases, as well as severe discomfort.
All forms of fungi and molds release spores as a means of propagation. We are prone to come in contact with these spores through the skin and through inhalation which can infect the lungs of even healthy people. Certain types of fungal infections can also affect other parts of the body once fungi have entered the lungs. Fungal infections can also be very contagious and can easily spread from one person to another.
Our bodies also have natural protection against fungal infections through certain bacteria that deprive fungi of space and nutrients. If the fungi can get past through these protective layers, our immune systems can still fight off the onset of infections. Though in some situations, such as after taking antibiotics that kill the helpful protective bacteria or in people with weak immune systems, there is a higher risk of getting a full-blown infection.
Common types of fungal infections
Athtlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is caused by fungi called dermatophytes which thrive in warm and humid areas. This infection is common among athletes and sports enthusiasts because of the extra sweat that can collect in their socks and sneakers (though chances of contracting infections are not limited to this type of footwear), as well as the higher temperatures associated with constant physical activity providing an ideal environment for the fungi to grow. Even healthy people with strong immune systems can be prone to this type of fungal infection, which can result in excessive itchiness, scaling, peeling or cracking of skin.
The same dermatophytes can also affect the groin area and is more common in men and boys, but can also affect women. Getting Jock Itch (tinea cruris) can lead to extreme itchiness and a burning sensation in the affected area, which can also become enlarged over time. Jock itch rashes may also blister and ooze if its remains untreated.
Also known as tinea unguium, onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail, and is the most common disease that affects the nails, affecting about 10% of the world’s adult population. It typically starts as a small light-coloured spot on the nail, eventually spreading deeper and completely changing the shape and colour of the infected nail. It is also more common in toenails than it is in the fingernails. If left untreated, onychomycosis can inflame the skin beneath the nail causing severe pain, as well as a foul smell.
Though the name may imply that worms are the cause of this disease, ringworm is actually a fungal infection. It typically affects the skin and scalp, and is characterized by red rings around the infected area as it grows larger. Children are prone to contracting ringworm particularly when they share hats, combs, towels, clothing and athletic gear. Dogs and cats can also get ringworm, and can pass it on to people via direct contact (e.g. petting, scratching, cuddling).
Candidiasis can affect several areas of the body such as the skin, genitals, throat, mouth and bloodstream. It is also known as a yeast infection when affecting the genital area of both males and females, though the latter is more common. Like other types of fungal infections, yeast thrive in warm and moist body areas. Certain people are more susceptible to Candidiasis particularly those who have weak immune systems such as AIDS patients and those receiving chemotherapy, as well as infants and the elderly.
Preventing fungal infections
Fungi thrive in warm and moist environments, and maintaining proper hygiene is key to limiting the chances contracting fungal infections.
Here are a few basic guidelines to avoid fungal infections:
- Keep the skin and other external body parts, particularly those with skin folds, clean and dry
- Proper hand washing at all times, especially after touching animals or other people, to prevent the spread of infectious dermatophytes
- Don’t share towels with other people
- Wearing shoes in public bath houses and swimming pools
- Wiping down gym equipment before and after use
Treating fungal infections
There are many antifungal drugs available on the market ranging from topical creams, lotions, shampoos, suppositories to oral medications depending on the type of infection and the particular body part/s affected. Some are available over the counter, but most treatments for severe infections require a doctor’s prescription.
It is also important to note that many types of antifungal medication, particularly potent systemic agents, have dangerous side effects that can damage the liver or kidneys, especially when combined with other types of medication or alcohol. These antifungal drugs can also weaken the heart’s contraction, which could lead to heart failure.
Safer alternative treatment choices
Complete Health offers an assortment of antifungal treatments that use herbal ingredients and extracts such as Tea Tree oil, Echinacea, St Mary’s thistle, Gotu Kola and Goldenseal which have effective antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to treat both the infection and the painful symptoms associated with mycosis. We’ve selected the best products from our most trusted partner brands such as Melrose Health Supplies, Botani, Thursday Plantation, Martin & Pleasance and Pharmaceutical Plant Company to ensure that the treatments you choose contain the highest quality active herbal ingredients for your peace of mind.