After the harsh summers comes the soothing monsoon with some much needed respite. We all love getting drenched and feeling the cool breeze on our skin.
With all that fun, rains are also the time when most homes will have family members falling sick. Children and adults alike fall victims to the various flus and viruses that abound in the air.
The humidity during the rainy months is also the time when various fungal infections are at its peak. Bacteria and all kinds of germs breed best in humid conditions. Hence this is the time when we are mostly affected by various fungal infections and allergies.
What is a fungal infection?
A fungal infection is any kind of infection that is caused by a fungus. It generally results in inflammation and itching.
What causes fungal infection?
A fungal infection can be caused due to one or more of the following reasons:
- Regularly wearing socks over a long period of time
- Wearing very tight socks
- Using communal pools or baths
- Walking barefoot in a humid environment like a shower area or sauna
- Through a pet who has a fungal infection
- From one part of your skin to another
- From one person to another with contact
- Walking in dirty water during rainy season leads to numerous fungal infections which affect toes andnails… Always keep your feet dry and clean. Avoid walking in dirty water.
Keeping a few things in mind especially during these humid months can help avoid a fungal infection.
Prevention of Fungal Skin Infection:
1. Let your feet breathe:
Avoid wearing socks during humid months. Wear something that lets your toes be free. This will prevent accumulation of sweat and will help avoid contracting any fungal infection. For those who have to wear socks, make sure you wear airy footwear as much as you can.
Use a sunscreen to save your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun. Monsoon months may seem to be cloudy, but the rays of the sun are quite capable of damage even during this time.
3. Shower daily:
It may be raining outside and the weather may be pleasant. But this does not mean you should skip taking a bath. Make sure you take a shower daily. Use warm water for your bath as it will help prevent the growth of bacteria.
4. Foot and nail cream:
Use a good foot and nail cream and apply this each night. This will keep your skin crack free and fresh. Germs can develop easily on skin that is already cracked. Apply the foot cream on a regular basis and keep your feet clean.
5. Use talcum powder:
For those who sweat a lot in their feet, especially in between their toes, use a foot powder. This will help control the sweating. Germs breed easily in humid and sweaty environs. Keeping your feet sweat free will prevent the growth of germs.
Fungal infection Treatment: Home Remedies
Sometimes despite all our efforts to avoid it, a fungal infection manages to creep its way onto our skin. Here are a few simple home remedies to cure it:
Wet your feet in a bucket full of warm water with lime wedges in it. Keep your feet soaked in for some time.
Use a Neem face wash and shower gel or soap. Neem has anti-fungal characteristics. These will help protect your skin against fungal infections with regular use.
3. Antibiotic soap:
Use an antibiotic soap and hand wash, like Dettol, to avoid any fungal activities.
4. Herbal care:
Use herbal and ayurvedic packs to apply in between the toes. These are a good way to naturally keep your feet clean and avoid infection. Make a fresh paste of turmeric, neem and sesame seeds and apply on your feet and in between the toes.
5. Warm water and honey:
Drink a glass of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of honey on empty stomach. This will help flush out accumulated toxins from the body.
Rains should be a time of fun and bringing back the childhood memories. Avoid any unpleasantness and infections by following the pointers mentioned above. Stay away from very humid environments. Maintain basic hygiene and take care of your skin and health. Rest assured, you will be dancing in the rain for all of those monsoon months!
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