Bursting the myths about fungal infections

People are usually scared of what they do not understand. This is applicable when fungal infections are being discussed. Initially when you get a rash on your neck or your arm, you would think of something as trivial as an insect bite or a sun burn. Only when it starts itching and you experience a burning sensation you painfully acknowledge that it is not a rash. It might be the onset of a skin infection caused by fungi. Fungal infections are the most common kind of infections that can affect anyone.

The irony is that these fungal infections are quite common yet people have a very antagonistic attitude towards it. Firstly, people are too defensive to accept that they might have contracted a fungal infection and once they realize it, the next hindrance in getting it treated is that people are too shy to visit the doctor.

There are a lot of misconceptions or let’s say myths surrounding these fungal infections that impedes a person’s need for a proper medication. So, read on to find out the myths surrounding these fungal infections and what the real facts are.

Myth-Fungal infections do not spread by touching
Fact- Fungal infections are highly contagious. When you encounter a person who already has an infection or use their clothes, chances are high that you too would contract the infection

Myth- Ringworm is caused by worms
Fact- Ringworm is caused by fungi called dermatophytes. It is referred to as ringworm since the affected area looks like a circle and has red spots on it

Myth- Only athletes contract Athlete’s foot
Fact- Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection which can infect anyone who comes in contact with the fungus. If you have sweaty feet or use public showers or wear tight shoes throughout the day, your chances of contracting the infection is quite high

Myth- Toenail fungus can be cured by over-the-counter ointments
Fact- Toenail fungus causes your nails to break and change colors. It becomes thick with time and no amount of home remedies or regular ointments can cure it. A proper medication suggested by a dermatologist is what you need

Myth- Antibiotics can cure Ringworm
Fact- Ringworm is a fungal infection which cannot be treated with antibacterial medication. Anti fungal medicines cure such infections.

Myth- Flaky scalp means dandruff
Fact- Usually flaky scalp causes dandruff but many a times, when you scalp becomes itchy and you lose a lot of a hair, you realize, it’s not dandruff. You can contract ringworm of the scalp as well.

Fungal infections are not a rare occurrence and can be treated effectively. So, the next time you have developed a rash, instead of fretting around, get a dermatologist’s appointment.

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