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Moist folds of skin provide the perfect breeding ground for fungi. This is especially the case during summer time. And, once a fungal infection has set in, it can spread to other areas of the body, such as the scalp and nails.

What causes a fungal infection?

Most skin, nail and scalp infections are caused by fungi called dermatophytes, and the most common type of infection to occur is tinea.  

Tinea is caught from other people – through infected showers or bathroom floors – and can also come from pets or infected soil.

The staff at Clive’s Chemist are regularly faced with various occurrences of tinea: ringworm, jock itch, facial infections, and infections of the hands, feet, scalp, and beard. In between the toes and groin, tinea appears as red, flaky, moist and itchy skin. On the scalp, swollen, inflamed patches may appear, accompanied by hair loss.

Fungal infections between the fingers or toes, including “athlete’s foot” can spread to the nails. These often require specialised and long-term treatment. 

This summer we have also seen a lot of people with inflamed fungal rashes under the armpits. 

Preventing and treating fungal skin infections

There are several ways to prevent fungal infections:

  • Keep skin clean and dry
  • Dry between the toes and skin folds after swimming or showering
  • Keep bathroom and shower floors clean by using bleach to disinfect
  • Do not share towels
  • Wear jandals in communal areas and changing rooms.

Mostly, fungal infections are treated with topical medicines. So, if you have a rash that you’re not sure about, come and see the experts at Clive’s Chemist, who will recommend the right solution for every type of fungal infection.