Contribution: Rachna Arya
The alluring splendor of monsoons brings with it several skin-related problems in the form of fungal infections thanks to the damp weather.
Humid, humid and damp climates are ideal for the growth and reproduction of numerous fungi and the spread of diseases.
If left untreated, a fungal infection can worsen the skin condition causing severe itching, scarring, rash and redness.
From smelly toenails to ringworm, there are many fungal infections associated with monsoons.
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To avoid risks, you must be aware of them and take protective measures. Here are some common fungal diseases of monsoon and some treatment suggestions.
During monsoons, eczema experiences a severe flare-up. This can be caused by bacterial growth, humid conditions and moist skin.
If you have a history of seborrheic eczema or seborrheic dermatitis, you must not get wet in the rain.
Symptoms of Eczema
- Skin inflammation
- Skin redness and itching
- Rough and cracked skin
- Blister formation
- Moisturize your skin regularly
- Try not to sweat or get too hot
- Take steps to reduce your stress
- Wool and other irritants should be avoided
- Avoid using abrasive soaps, detergents or cleaners
- Apply virgin coconut oil now to soothe the skin
- Apply an anti-fungal moisturizer to the skin
If you have sweaty feet, you need to take care of athlete’s foot. It is a contagious fungal infection that thrives in a warm, moist environment.
It affects the skin on the feet, especially between the toes. It can spread to the toenails and sometimes the hands.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot
- Blisters on feet
- Cracking and peeling of the involved skin
- Discolored, thick and crumbly toenails
Prevention of athlete’s foot
- Use antifungal powder on your feet daily.
- Do not let anyone use your shoes, socks or towels.
- Wash your feet with antibacterial soap and make sure they are completely dry, especially between your toes.
- Wear open-toed shoes during monsoons and sprinkle antifungal powder on your feet after washing.
- Wear sandals in public restrooms, around swimming pools, and other public areas.
- Wear socks made of breathable materials such as cotton or wool and change them daily.
- Wear shoes made of breathable materials and go home barefoot to air out your feet.
- Wear two pairs of shoes alternately, changing between each pair every day to give your shoes time to dry in between.
Another common seasonal infection, ringworm causes round, scaly, crusted patches on the skin. It usually affects the legs, neck and underarms.
Wearing wet clothes can cause this. It is a contagious condition that spreads from person to person through contact with diseased skin, combs, brushes and other personal care products as well as clothing.
Symptoms of Ringworm
- Red, scaly, cracked skin
- Dark skin
- Red rash or scaly patches
- Blister-like lesions on the border
- Make sure you wear dry, loose, comfortable clothing that allows air to circulate to avoid shingles
- Avoid tight clothing, jeans, wet or damp clothing
- If possible, add some disinfectant to the wash cycle
- Apply antifungal cream and powder to the affected area
- Never scratch the skin as doing so can aggravate the infection and cause an unsightly scar.
Fungal nail infection
Fungal nail infections are most common during monsoons. Although they are not serious, they can be difficult to treat.
Usually, they start in the cuticle around the nail, which becomes swollen, red and tender to the touch.
Symptoms of a fungal nail infection
- Nail discoloration, thickening or brittleness
- Deformed nails
- A darker color, due to debris building up under your nails
- Bad smell from nails
- Pain or discomfort, especially when using the affected toe or finger
Prevention of nail fungus infection
- Keep your nails clean and well trimmed
- Avoid wearing shoes that sweat and heat your feet while keeping them dry and clean
- Wear fresh socks every day
- Never exchange towels, shoes or clippers
Most fungal infections are not life-threatening and can be easily treated if diagnosed early and treated on time. However, delay in consulting a dermatologist can increase the risk and severity of the condition.
Additionally, the use of combo creams containing over-the-counter steroids complicates the infection, making it persistent and challenging to cure. It can cause irreparable damage to the skin.
If you experience skin rashes, especially during monsoons, visit a certified dermatologist once to get immediate treatment and enjoy the season hassle-free.
Moreover, you should opt for frequent health screenings. It gives you vital insights into your health, allowing you to take the necessary measures to improve it.
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