Skin fungus is a very common skin problem which affects people of all ages, including children. A fungal infection is often impossible to avoid as fungi live everywhere. It’s important to note that there are beneficial fungi which live naturally on the skin and we’re not aware of them. However, when they proliferate, i.e. multiply too much, skin problems like ringworm, jock itch, yeast infection, athlete’s foot, etc. happen.
Even though they’re not life-threatening, they’re an uncomfortable health problem, that’s for sure. Fungal skin infections can occur due to numerous reasons. Some of the most common ones are sharing underwear, personal hygiene products, etc. with someone who’s already infected. Also, there are certain groups of people who’re more prone to fungal infections. For example, people with a weak immunity, people who sweat too much, doctors, nurses, medical students, people who have been taking antibiotics for a longer period of time, people with no bladder control, etc.
These infections can appear anywhere on the body, however, there are some areas where they’re most common such as the toes and feet, the armpits, the genitals, and skin areas with creases since fungus needs moisture to thrive. Therefore, to minimize your risk of a fungal infection, be careful when using public swimming pools and locker rooms. Also, avoid using combs and towels from such places.
Furthermore, synthetic material is the perfect environment for fungi, so you should avoid clothes made from this material and opt for cotton and linen. This goes for underwear as well. Last but not least, shower regularly and thoroughly cleanse the area beneath the breasts and the toes.