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Prevention and Treatment of Fungal Infections of the Skin and Nails of the Feet
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Fungal infections of both the skin and nails of the feet are caused by microscopic organisms only in this case, they are fungi, and like their counterparts, bacteria and viruses, are invisible to the naked eye. They exist everywhere, in the atmosphere and environment, though they do prefer somewhere dark, moist and warm in order to flourish. They attack human skin and nails, particularly at times of mild debility or when the skin is damaged and therefore more susceptible to invasion. They are common
conditions affecting 10-15% of the population and are commonest in males.

The most typical fungal infection of the skin is known as Athletes Foot, a reference, originally to the ‘plimsolls’ or ‘pumps’ footwear worn by athletes, which provided the perfect environment for the growth of the fungi involved.
Infection of the nails is called onychomycosis and is quite often a complication of what was originally an untreated, or inadequately treated skin infection.


It is frequently said that prevention is better than cure and this is very true. Here are some tips to help you avoid these fungal infections. The first and obvious one is good daily foot hygiene. The feet should be washed in warm soapy water, then rinsed before drying carefully, paying particular attention
to the skin between and beneath the toes. Dusting afterwards with a medicated talc containing a mild anti-fungal agent is beneficial and ensures that you do not cause resistance to the stronger agents which may be needed for an infection at a later date.

If your toes are very tight together, this reduces the natural air-flow between them and makes the skin more vulnerable. The use of a little surgical spirit between the toes at bedtime, can work wonders. A cotton bud is a useful applicator. Leave the spirit to vaporise after the application and this will act as
an astringent to the skin and at the same time help to remove any residual moisture from the day’s activities.

Footwear should be composed of natural materials as far as possible as these allow the feet to “breathe”. Socks of wool or cotton and shoes of real leather are advised for people who are prone to this problem. Whilst it is almost impossible to obtain such things as silk stockings in this day and age, ladies should allow a period of time during regular parts of the day when they can dispense with nylon hosiery and allow air to the feet, for at least half an hour at a time. Never wear anyone else’s footwear.

Why Should We Treat This Problem?

Firstly, none of us take kindly to pain and discomfort. Secondly, the condition does not usually resolve without treatment. Thirdly, once infected we can pass the fungus on to someone else, often within the family. Finally, the results of these infections, particularly the nails, can become disfiguring and if left untreated over a period of time, can cause permanent destruction of the nail plate.


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Ringworm is a fungus --

2007-12-13 07:51:21 by clnr99

You need either systemic or topical anti-fungals to treat it. Paraspray sounds like snake oil, imho.
Your vet will take a skin scraping/hair sample, and culture it for 2-3 weeks to make certain. The black light, where the ringworm glows green, only works on about 50% of ringworm cases. In the meantime, you can treat your pet for ringworm at least topically just in case.
Ringworm in a dog is not as bad as in a cat, but you should see the vet because it is contagious, especially to children and the elderly and the immunocompromised. It also sheds from the animal into the enviroment, where it can re-infect the animal or someone else later (many, many months later)

My journey to a fog free brain: Cutting out yeast and sugar  — Yahoo! Lifestyle UK
On one visit I was diagnosed with a fungal skin rash, a fungal nail infection and thrush again only to have my theory of a "fungal" common thread dismissed.

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    • Candida yeast fungi is often found topically. You can learn all that you need to know at the link below. Best of luck to you!