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Summary about Fungal Skin Problems

A fungal infection is a fungus-caused skin illness, commonly known as mycosis. Fungi are made up of millions of different species, and they can be found in the soil, on plants, household surfaces, and even on your skin. They can sometimes cause skin problems such as rashes or pimples. 

Fungal Skin Infection Facts and Figures 

According to a study called ‘Serious fungal infections in Pakistan,’ fungal skin infections are pretty common among Pakistani people, but not everyone is diagnosed. The research also found that in 2016 out of 184.5 million people in Pakistan, around 3.28 million people had fungal skin infections. Some further facts and statistics about fungal skin infections have been given below:

Prevalence of Fungal Skin Infections in PakistanApprox. 1.78%
Common inAdults
At-Risk GenderBoth males and females
Average Age for DiagnosisAny age 
Problems related to Fungal Skin InfectionIrritation, Scaly skin, Itching, Swelling
Specialists Who Treat Fungal Skin InfectionDermatologists


 

Symptoms of Fungal Skin Problems

The symptoms and signs of fungal infection may include:

  • Scaly skin
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Irritation
  • Blisters

Causes of Fungal Skin Problems

The common causes of fungal skin infections may include the following:

  • A damp environment
  • Sweating
  • Not showering often
  • Sharing personal items like clothing, shoes, or towels
  • Wearing tight clothing or footwear
  • Skin-to-skin contact with infected animals or other people
  • Weak immune system due to conditions such as HIV

Preventive Measures of Fungal Skin Problems

You can take the following measures to prevent getting a fungal skin infection:

  • Good Hygiene: Make sure to maintain proper hygiene and change clothes frequently.
  • Don’t share personal items: Clothing, towels, and other personal belongings should not be shared.
  • Shoes and Clothes: Choose clothing and shoes that allow you to breathe easily. Avoid wearing clothing or shoes that are a too small or tight fit.
  • Dry Skin: After showering, bathing, or swimming, make sure to dry off with a clean, dry towel thoroughly.
  • Skin-to-skin contact: Avoid contact with animals or people that show signs of a fungal illness.

Fungal Skin Infection Treatment

The treatment options for fungal skin infections include the following:

  • Anti-fungal creams in Pakistan 
  • Medicines
  • Anti-fungal powders, sprays, or shampoos

Types of Fungal Skin Problems

Some types of fungal skin infections have been listed below:

  • Athlete’s foot. As the name implies, this fungal infection happens on the feet.
  • Vaginal yeast infections. This yeast infection occurs in women and is caused by Candida albicans.
  • Jock’s itch. This infection is caused by ringworm. The fungi that cause this infection loves environments that are warm and damp. They occur in areas of the body that have these characteristics: the groin, inner thighs, and buttocks. This infection occurs mostly in summer or in warm, wet countries and areas.
  • Ringworm. It is an infection that is caused by a fungus that dwells in tissues that are dead, such as the skin, nails, and hair.

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