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What Are Some Natural Ways To Fight Fungal Infections On Skin
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
See below: Use an antifungal cream which you can get in any drug store. ...Read more
It can't hurt!: It certainly can't hurt. Common hygiene practices prevent infection and transference of many infections, fungal ones included. There are exceptions to the rule, however. For example, if one were to shower 4-5 times a day, and expose the skin/feet to frequent moisture, it might actually increase the change of a tinea pedis (athlete's foot) infection. That being said, good hygiene is always smart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin Fungal Infectio: The short answer is yes, it is possible. However, most skin fungal infections are easily treatable, and actually when they don't seem to respond - it is because they were misdiagnosed. Many types of skin conditions look very similar, and often are ultimately figured out after trying several different medications. Thus, if you are in doubt, go to your dermatologist or pcp for help! ...Read more
Various options: Localized fungal infections such as "athletes foot" can be treated with antifungal creams. Some over the counter examples include lamisil, (terbinafine) lotrimin and micatin. More widespread infection or infection of the toenails often require treatment with an oral antifungal. See your doctor if you feel you need an oral antifungal treatment. ...Read more
I have a bad skin fungal infection for about a month, barely started medicating correcly. How long will it clear up, and what meds most effective?
Depends: If the fungal infection is tinea - like ringworm and it has been there for a month then the best treatment would likely be topical terbinafine AND oral terbinafine for at least 14 days. If it is in the scalp then treatment takes longer. If it is more of a yeast infection - like jock itch - then fluconazole might be more effective. That would be treated for 2 - 10 days depending on severity. ...Read more
Wait: Usually these resolve with time, but it may take 6-12 months. If not, then a dermatologist can help with bleaching agents. ...Read more
I am suffering from fungal infection on head from many years and lost almost 90% hairs. Pls suggest?
Fungal Foe: First and foremost, proper identification of the fungus in question is necessary for proper treatment. Scalp infections can be difficult to treat and usually require an oral medication for several months along with topical therapy in the form of a shampoo and/or topical cream. Light therapy has also been touted to help, but results are mixed. Recalcitrant cases can suggest an immunity problem. ...Read more
See below: Yes. Skin scrapings can be treated with potassium hydroxide and examined under the microscope. In addition, skin scrapings can be implanted on sabouraud's medium. If a fungus is present, it will grow in the medium and produce a characteristic appearance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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