Fungal infection is a condition that affects millions of people, worldwide. There are several kinds of fungal infection impacting different parts of the body.
The fungus is a single cell kind of organism which survives by living on other living beings. For the sake of survival, fungi invade the living cells and draw its nourishment, from such cells. Fungi typically live in shady, dark and moist places. Therefore most fungal infections are found in the groin, armpit, genital areas, ears, and mouth.
Fungal infections are caused by molds, yeasts, and dermatophytes. There are around 40 different species of dermatophytes and they gain their nutrition from keratinized material just as other organism causing a fungal infection of scalp, nails, and skin.
Yeasts occur naturally on the skin but sometimes multiply unabated resulting in symptomatic infections. Molds are a not so common cause of fungal infections but they can cause TineaNigra (painless black or brown patches on the skin) as well as some hard to treat nail infections.
Fungal infections affect some body parts like back, neck, and scalp. Common fungal infections are ringworm, candidiasis, jock itch, athlete’s foot, and dandruff. The good news is that topical antifungal cream can not only cure the infection but also destroy the presence of fungi in the affected area.
All fungal infection must be diagnosed properly by a dermatologist or physician, who can prescribe the needed antifungal cream. Fungal infections are of various kinds, impacting different parts of the body, so a correct diagnosis must be made by the doctor who only can decide which antifungal cream to apply.
Mostly, fungal infections are accompanied by other agents which cause itching or rashes. Hence the antifungal cream must treat the additional infections. For the right treatment, you will have to follow the proper instructions on how to use the cream; how many times a day it must be applied and how long it will take to cure the infection.
Topical antifungals may be used to treat fungal infections of the nails, skin, vagina and mucous membranes. Examples of infections treated by antifungals include:
Different infections need different kinds and time of application. You must also factor in, the nature of your skin type as different skin types react differently. Hence, consultation with a doctor is vital. You can try more than one cream type or even take a stronger version of the cream you are using currently.
Fungal infection treatment cream must be applied with great care and caution since infection can spread from one part of the body to another and from one person to another. It is recommended that you wear gloves while applying the antifungal cream and wash your hands properly after application. Spread out on a tissue paper, the dollop of antifungal cream you wish to apply and immediately close the tube to save the medication from contamination.
Sometimes an antifungal cream is combined with other creams when two actions are needed. For instance, an antifungal cream is often combined with a mild steroid cream like hydrocortisone to treat certain rashes. The antifungal cream kills the infection and the mild steroid cream reduces inflammation caused by infection.
Fungal infections can be treated in a pretty straightforward manner. Length of treatment depends on what kind of fungal infection you have, the degree of its severity and any other health problems you have (like problems with the immune system). Some treatment can be as short as a few days (e.g. vaginal thrush) and others can take as long as 8 weeks (e.g. ringworm infection of the scalp).
Creams are used to treat fungal infections of the nails, skin, and scalp. They include medical formulations like econazole, clotrimazole, ketoconazole, miconazole, tioconazole, amorolfine, and terbinafine. These come in various brand names.
There are several types of fungal infection treatment cream in the market. But Clotrimazole cream is most commonly used for treating fungal infection in humans and animals. This antifungal cream is used to cure ringworm, vaginal yeast infection, athlete’s foot, oral thrush, jock itch and athlete’s foot. One can develop blistering and burning sensations, skin rashes, swelling and redness of the skin, etc. as side effects of applying clotrimazole cream.
Antifungal creams can be used to treat many kinds of fungal infection. Knowing which cream to apply for what kind of infection is crucial.
It is a fungal infection of the skin that features a red circle with healthy skin in the middle. Ringworm on the scalp is called as TineaCapitis and elsewhere on the body is called as TineaCorporis. Ringworm is caused by fungi called dermatophytes. It spreads by contact. Infection typically clears within 2 weeks and antifungal topical creams can help.
Called as TineaPedis, it affects the moist area between toes and typically causes burning, stinging and itching. This infection is common in men, especially those who wear tight-fitting shoes and damp socks. This infection spreads fast in public places like locker rooms where people walk about barefoot. Creams containing miconazole, clotrimazole or terbinafine can help.
Infection resembles ringworm and occurs in buttocks, genitals and inner thighs. It causes a ring-shaped, itchy and red rash and the cause is dermatophytes. The latter thrive in warm and moist areas of the body. They usually affect sweaty athletes, hence the name.
Called jointly as cutaneous candidiasis, these are caused by yeast-like fungi called candida and grow in warm, moist areas like mouth, fingernails, groin, and arm-pits. Candidiasis of the mouth (thrush) is common in a person with weakened immune systems and can indicate another serious disease like AIDS.
Symptoms of yeast infections include burning, itching, patches with oozing fluid, pus, pain, and rashes. Such infections must be treated with topical creams containing clotrimazole, butoconazole, terconazole or miconazole.
These are all important aspects of fungal infection treatment cream in India. The take away is that topical creams are effective to treat certain fungal infections but treatment must be done with doctor’s advice.