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Forewarned - forearmed. A fungus that causes a lot of inconvenience and is transmitted from person to person. It would seem that there can be common between a pool, a cat, hair, intestines and a woman's vagina (hussars, keep quiet!). And, meanwhile, the places where a wide variety of mushrooms live, which can not only cause a lot of inconvenience, but also be transmitted from person to person, are listed.
A fungal infection on its own will never disappear. But to go into a chronic form is easy.
Let's make a reservation right away that there are a lot of fungal infections, they are caused by a variety of fungi, and the clinical picture is sometimes not very pronounced. Therefore, in the overwhelming majority of cases, it is required to take a scale from the skin or a smear from somewhere else in order to look under a microscope and determine which kind of fungus grows on you. It is quite logical that not every home has a microscope, but a dermatological clinic definitely has one.
The kingdom of mushrooms has almost 100 thousand species. These are the usual forest mushrooms with legs and caps, and mold on the walls and bread, and yeast, on which the dough rises, and even a rash on the body.
Only about 500 species of fungi are pathogenic (that is, capable of causing human diseases).
The same goes for treatment. Mushrooms are very lively organisms and do not give up without a fight. To evict them requires the use of heavy artillery in the form of special antifungal antibiotics. Only a dermatologist can prescribe and control such treatment. It is quite logical that not every home has a dermatologist …
You never know what floats there …
The classic meeting place for the fungus is the public pool. There you can also add public showers (for example, in a fitness club) and baths. There is everything necessary for the happy existence of the fungus - warmth and moisture. It is enough for one sick person to bring a fungus on his feet, and the "trap" for the careless is ready. However, about carelessness a little later, first about the manifestations of the infection.
Epidermophytosis of the feet is the very "itching and flaking" with which a fungal infection is primarily associated. These are the two main symptoms of the disease. When examining the legs, you can see that the interdigital spaces are reddened and covered with small cracks. If left untreated, it will only get worse - peeling, blisters, a characteristic odor appear, in short, the legs become completely unusable.
Less often you can acquire rubrophytes. Here, the clinical picture is not so bright, but dryness, redness and peeling have an unpleasant tendency to spread along the skin folds - right up to the armpits, and in women they also get under the chest.
What to do in order not to get infected:
be sure to use your own rubber slippers, which should be thoroughly washed with soap after visiting the pool (sauna); do not get up barefoot in the shower on the bare floor;
do not use other people's bath accessories;
do not wear synthetic socks (stockings, knee-highs) and closed shoes in the warm season;
if you have suffered from epidermophytosis of the feet, the shoes that you walked in during the treatment are best discarded, otherwise you can get infected again - this time from your own slippers.
NOT consider that "it will scratch and pass." A fungal infection will never disappear on its own. But to go into a chronic form is easy. And then it is incredibly difficult to heal it.
NOT self-medicate. This is especially true for advice from an "experienced" friend or "knowledgeable" friend. It is not at all a fact that the remedy that helped them will help you. It is likely that the clinical picture will simply blur and disappear into the shadows, and then see the second NOT.
NOT quit treatment in the middle. The unpleasant symptoms disappear rather quickly, and the fungus still feels very good for a couple of weeks. And it may well organize a second wave of the offensive. Control analysis after the course of therapy is required.
NOT get carried away with sweets during treatment. Sugar is an ideal breeding ground for the vast majority of pathogenic fungi.