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Posted March 6, 2011: by Bill Sardi
Skin fungus is a common problem in humid areas and occurs more frequently among obese individuals. An estimated 10-20% of people will develop a fungal skin infection during their lifetime. Doctors classify fungal skin infections according to the affected body site, such as tinea capitis (scalp), tinea barbae (beard area), tinea corporis or athlete’s foot (skin other than bearded area, scalp, groin, hands or feet), tinea cruris or jock itch (groin, perineum and perineal areas), tinea pedis (feet), tinea manuum (hands) and tinea unguium (nails). So if your doctor writes these down on your chart as your diagnosis, you will know what he means. People with toenail infections are more likely to develop fungal infections elsewhere, like jock itch.
Incessant itching is usually the first sign and if ignored, it can get out of control. A big problem is that it can be quelled but is likely to return if personal hygiene measures aren’t increased. Use of fresh towels, drying off with a hair dryer, elimination of exposure to fungal growth in shower rooms, etc, are all important in preventing relapse. Failure to heed personal hygiene measures results in some people suffering with chronic infections.
A visit to the drug store will confront infected individuals with a myriad of product, all with the same diluted ingredient. Most of these preparations are ineffective for athlete’s foot, jock itch and the like, and one wonders if the FDA has rigged the strength of these products to force patients unnecessarily to the dermatologist’s office.
All kinds of home remedies may be tried in an attempt to quell these fungal infections, which can be met with some level of success. Surprisingly, online reports show Listerine is an excellent at-hand remedy. It works.
Herbal remedies may be superior to store-bought anti-fungal products. A comparative study ranked the most to the least effective herbal remedies for skin fungus in this order: oregano, thyme (thymol), cinnamon bark > lemongrass > clove, > peppermint, lavender, > tea tree > thyme.
For stubborn cases, you may think your have athlete’s foot or jock itch when you have an entirely different type of skin problem. When home remedies don’t cure, that’s the time to see the doctor -© 2011 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc. Free to use, not free to post elsewhere or use commercially.