Fungal infections may appear on various parts of the body. Athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm and yeast infection are common types of fungal infections of the skin. They may appear as a rash or may blister, peel, crack, etc. While fungal infections of the skin are generally not life threatening and do not pose serious health concerns, seeing a doctor for treatment is often important to those burdened or embarrassed by these skin conditions.
There are several over-the-counter treatments available to treat fungal infections of the skin. Lotrimin, Lamisil and Micatin are examples of over-the-counter treatments. These are usually relatively inexpensive and can be very effective. Patients should consult a skincare professional to learn more about over-the-counter options and whether they may work for them.
If over-the-counter treatments do not work or do not produce desired results, and in more severe cases of fungal infections, patients may be prescribed oral or topical medications. Prescription medications are generally stronger than over-the-counter medications and should be discussed with a physician.
Practice Good Hygiene
In cases of fungal infections, it is important to keep the affected area clean and dry. Wash the area at least twice a day and then thoroughly dry the area with a clean towel. Avoid contact with others to prevent the spread of fungal infections, and do not share personal items such as shoes, socks, towels and bed sheets. Most adults will contract a fungal infection at some point in their life. To avoid fungal infections, patients should practice good hygiene, avoid walking barefoot in public areas and do not share shoes and socks with others.