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Fungal infections are one of the most common infections that affect humans. Fungal infections occur when a fungus invade an area of the body and furthers its spread mainly due to weak immune system. Some fungi live naturally in the human body and like certain other micro-organisms, there are friendly and harmful ones. Once it infects a body, it spreads and gets adapted to the environment and makes it difficult to get rid of easily. These fungi grows well in moist and warm areas hence it mostly affect the area between the toes, thighs, vagina and other areas that tend to sweat a lot. The hands, feet, nails and the groin region are also prone to such infections.

 

Most common symptoms of fungal infections are redness of the affected area, intense itching, changes in the appearance of the skin such as redness, swelling, cracking or peeling of the skin.

 

Types

Tinea pedis: or athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the foot. As the name suggests, Athlete’s foot is commonly associated with sports and athletes because the fungus grows perfectly in warm, moist environments, such as socks and shoes, sports equipment, and locker rooms.

 

Candidiasis: vaginal infections are a common form of Candida or yeast infection in women, usually caused by overgrowth of Candida albicans. The normal balance between the bacteria and yeast in the vagina is affected. This imbalance of bacteria may be due to antibiotics, stress, and hormone imbalances, or poor eating habits, etc.

 

Tinea cruris: or jock itch, is another fungal skin infection which affects the moist areas such as such as the groin, buttocks, and inner thighs. It is most common in summer or in warm, humid weather.

 

Tinea corporis: or ringworm is a skin infection that usually affects the skin, hair, and nails. It is easy to identify due of the shape of the patch. A reddish raised, ring-shaped patch of skin with a clear or scaly inner area.

 

Prevention measures include proper care and personal hygiene such as:

  • Keeping the feet clean and dry, by wearing sandals at home and outdoors.

  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing also help to aerate and prevent infection.

  • Cleaning the affected area and keeping it dry can also help kill the fungus.

  • Avoiding skin to skin contact with person infected

  • Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels and sporting equipment.


Homoeopathy for fungal infections

Some of the homoeopathic medicines indicated for fungal infections are Calcarea carbonica, Bacillinum, Kreosotum, Natrum muriaticum, Sepia, Borax, Kali bichromicum, Pulsatilla, Phytolacca, Sulphur, etc. For fungal infection on the feet- petroleum and silicea, groin area-Graphites and Sepia, the Scalp- Thuja and Kali Sulphuricum , the Skin- Tellurium, Sepia and Thuja and for oral thrushes – Helonias and Borax.

 

Schwabe’s Topi Range and B&T Range of products are widely used for fungal infections. They include Topi Azadirachta Cream, Topi Graphites Cream, Topi Heal Cream, Topi Sulphur Cream and B&T Calendula & Aloe Vera Cream.