Leader Online Desk : Monsoon said that many infections and diseases will be fixed. Fungal infections are also common during monsoons. But there are four major misconceptions about this. (Monsoon fungal infections) Let’s know about this
Myth 1 : Home remedies are enough for skin related diseases
Fungal infections need to be treated on time. In this regard, Dr. Dermatologist of Dermatology Skin and Hair Clinic in Mumbai. Priyal Gala says, “Due to the hot and humid climate in India, fungal infections are common in the country. Self-medication of these infections has increased. It is important for individuals to consult a doctor for information on timely medication and lifestyle measures, which are essential for proper treatment of fungal infections. Do not rely on home remedies and self-medication. If you are suffering from an itchy fungal infection, consult a doctor immediately.”
Myth 2: Treatment can be stopped once the infection subsides
It is a common misconception that treatment can be stopped once the fungal infection subsides. Abbott India’s Medical Affairs Director Dr. Ashwini Pawar said, “It is important to take care of health with the right science-based solutions. Individuals must follow their antifungal treatment plan correctly to effectively treat fungal infections. This requires completing the entire course of medication. It is important to follow the course even if the symptoms start to subside in the initial stages. Adherence to treatment can help eliminate the risk of infection, allowing individuals to live healthy, problem-free lives while protecting their health.”
Myth 3: Fungal infections occur only in summer
There is a misconception that fungal infections occur only in summer. But in a tropical country like India, the rate of fungal infections increases during the rainy season with a humid and humid climate even after the summer. Also, the variation in the country’s climate (close proximity to the sea) results in variation in the types of infections in different regions. The specific species of fungus that causes tinea or ringworm is T. Mentagrophytes are more common in humid climates in coastal cities like Mumbai and Kolkata. Meanwhile, other athlete’s foot infections such as jock itch and ringworm (T. rubrum) are found in non-coastal cities such as Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad.
Myth 4: Only children get fungal infections
People of all ages are at risk for fungal infections. Infection rates are generally highest in individuals between the ages of 11 and 40. Infections are most prevalent in men in India, who are almost twice as likely to be infected as women. A possible reason could be that young men sweat more because they exercise more. A lower prevalence among women may be the reason why they are hesitant to consult a doctor. But with the increasing incidence of such infections among people of all ages, including women and children, these misconceptions are largely dispelled.
Athlete’s foot has a range of infections, from athlete’s foot (a rash caused by a fungal infection) (which causes an itchy, scaly rash) to jock itch (a red and itchy rash that may be ring-shaped), where 61.5 percent Indians are at risk of these infections. Such infections are called dermatophytosis. Dermatophytes, a group of fungi that require keratin to grow, affect a person’s hair, skin, or nails. Dermatophytes thrive in humid, moist environments and are spread through a variety of methods, including person-to-person contact, sharing towels or objects such as combs or brushes, showers in public pools, and sweat from excessive exercise.
Moisture creates a favorable environment for the growth of fungi and bacteria, making skin-related complaints more common. Poor sanitation and overcrowded areas can also contribute to increased transmission. Although the prevalence of this fungal infection is high during monsoons, there are many misconceptions about it. It is important to clear up these misconceptions and learn how to prevent, recognize, and treat these infections.
Monsoon fungal infections: Prompt treatment is the best precaution
Fungal infections are on the rise and it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. The best precautions are to maintain good hygiene and seek prompt medical treatment if a fungal infection is suspected. By getting information and taking preventative treatments, we can help prevent the spread of these infections and keep our communities healthy along with ourselves.
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