Skin fungus is a common skin issue affecting people of all ages, including children. In fact, fungus infection is practically impossible to avoid as fungi live virtually everywhere.
Now, there are beneficial fungi, which naturally live on the skin. Normally, we aren’t aware of these. But, when these fungi proliferate, i.e. when they multiply out of balance, skin issues such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch or yeast infections occur. Although not life-threatening, these conditions can be really uncomfortable, and even embarrassing.
There are a number of contributors to skin fungus. The most common include sharing clothes and personal hygiene items with someone already infected..
The most common risk groups include:
- People who sweat excessively (fungus thrives in moist places)
- People with weakened immune system
- Working people close together with people that are at higher risk of getting infected like doctors, nurses, students etc.
- People who have been taking antibiotics or immunosuppressant’s for a long time
- People or children who don’t have bladder control
The most affected parts of the body include the armpits, toes and feet, genital area and places where skin creases because fungus depends on moisture to reproduce and thrive.
One way to get skin fungus is through direct contact with someone infected or with their skin cells, meaning you should always be careful when using public areas such as swimming pools and locker rooms. It’s also important never to use things like combs or towel in those places.
It’s also good to know that synthetic materials also create perfect breeding grounds for fungi, so aim at wearing natural fabrics like cotton and linen. Pay particular attention when choosing your underwear. Also, keeping your skin, especially the skin under your breasts, clean and dry throughout the day is important too. Don’t forget your toes too, especially if you spend a long time in footwear.