Most of us see monsoon as relieving but we should not ignore that rainy season brings numerous illnesses along. A lot of you must be wanting to get drenched in the rain but do you know that this could cause a host of fungal infections to you? From smelly feet to fungus nails to ringworm, there are various fungal infections associated with the monsoon. You need to know about them and take precautionary measures to ward off the risk. Here are some common fungal infections during monsoon and care tips.
Eczema faces a huge flare-up in monsoon. This could be due to the moist skin, humidity and bacteria buildup. If you have a history of seborrheic eczema or seborrheic dermatitis, you must avoid getting wet in the rain. If you see flare-up, apply virgin coconut oil instantly to relieve the skin. You can also apply anti-fungal moisturizer on the affected skin to aid the condition.
If you have sweaty feet issues such that your feet become moist after wearing socks and shoes, you need to be careful of athlete’s foot. This is a common infection that occurs in the feet especially between the toes. If you happen to get wet in the rain, immediately remove your shoes and wear slippers so that the moisture doesn’t get trapped. This can cause a fungal infection. The initial signs of the Athlete’s foot are itching and stinging sensation.
To get rid of it, wash your feet with antibacterial soap and pat dry them. During monsoon season, wear open footwear and use antifungal powder on your feet after washing.
Ringworm is another common monsoon infection that mainly occurs in feet, neck and armpits. This could occur due to wearing wet clothes. In order to prevent ringworm, make sure you wear loose and comfortable clothes to allow air to pass. If possible, add some disinfectant while washing your clothes. If you get ringworm, apply antifungal cream and powder on it to relieve the symptoms. Never scratch the skin as it may worsen the infection and leave behind a permanent scar.
Fungal nail infection
Most people suffer from fungal nail infections during the monsoon season. Cleaning the nails is very important during the monsoon as the dirt trapped in them would invite the microorganisms that cause nail infection. Usually, Athlete’s foot spreads to nail infection. So, if you get Athlete’s foot, you must ensure that your nails are trimmed and clean to ward off fungal nail infection.
Tinea Capitis is a fungal infection that occurs on the scalp. This could also spread to beard, eyebrows and eyelashes. This fungal infection happens in the hair follicles and then spreads to the entire scalp. Unlike other fungal infections, this could spread from one person to another upon sharing haircare or grooming products.
Shampoo your hair regularly with a good antibacterial or antifungal hair cleanser. Try to find a product with salicylic acid in it to control fungal infections. It is best to avoid sharing towels, combs, pillows or any other hair grooming item to reduce the risk of this infection.
Follow the above-mentioned tips to prevent the onset of fungal infections in monsoon. If still you get any, consult a dermatologist to find the right solution for the problem.
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