Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Fungal Infections?
Fungal infections usually occur on the skin and the most common types are athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch and yeast infections.
Athlete’s foot or also known as tinea pedis is characterised by redness, burning and peeling of the skin on the feet. It normally happens because of wearing tight shoes, staying in wet socks or using shared pools. It’s quite known and common and its name is derived from its popularity among athletes, whose socks often become damp from sweat.
Ringworm is not caused by a worm, but a fungus. It can show anywhere on the body. Ringworm can appear as a red, circle-shaped sore, sometimes accompanied by scaly skin. Even if it is considered a less serious infection, it can look unpleasant.
Jock itch (also called tinea cruris) usually affects the genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. It commonly occurs during humid climates, such as during the summertime. It appears as an itchy red rash that can sometimes be ring-shaped, but less remarkable compared to the ringworm.
Yeast infections are also common and are known as Thrush. They affect the areas of the mouth, throat and genitals. Yeast infections can also manifest in babies through nappy rash as well as infections of the nails. The symptoms may differ but yeast infections usually produce a white or yellow discharge from the infected part of the body and cause itching and pain.
What Causes Fungal Infections?
Microscopic fungi can survive in many parts of our body, without causing any harm. However, sometimes they can grow more rapidly than normal and when there is an overgrowth, a fungal infection will likely develop.
Warm, moist environments are conducive for the fungi to grow, which is why fungal infections usually manifest in moist areas such as the genitals, mouth, inner thighs and feet that have been wearing wet socks or shoes.
What is the Treatment for Fungal Infections?
Treating fungal infections quickly and effectively is crucial not because of the harm but because they are contagious. Using effective medications from True Medical will help save the spread of the fungal infection to others.