About Fungal Skin Conditions
Fungal skin conditions are also known as ‘mycoses’ and can be both contagious and opportunistic infections that take advantage of certain environmental conditions. Fungi prefer a warm and moist environment, and therefore thrive in areas such as armpits, genitals, under the breasts and between the toes. In most cases, fungal conditions are mild, however, in immune-compromised patients, fungal conditions can become a more serious disease. Other factors that increase the risk of fungal skin infections include:
Fungal Skin Condition Causes
Common fungal skin infections are caused by yeasts (such as Candida or Malassezia furfur) or dermatophytes such as Epidermophyton, Microsporum and Trichophyton which tend to affect only the surface layer of the skin, nails, and hair.
Candida skin infections can include:
Malassezia furfur infections include:
Tinea infections include:
Fungal skin treatments - Melbourne:
Conventional treatments include topical and/or oral antifungals. At Psoriasis Eczema Clinic, we take a holistic approach to fungal skin infections to support longer term outcomes. All topical treatments are based on natural ingredients and are customised according to the individual symptoms, presentation, location and triggers. Treatments are based on herbal and nutritional bioactives with anti-fungal, anti-microbial, immune modulating, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Our synergistic formulae help to target not only the fungi but associated biofilms, helping to resolve persistent infection, non-responsive to conventional treatments. Recurring fungal infections are often an indication of an underlying health imbalance such as chronic stress, nutrient deficiency, poor dietary habits or immune suppression and therefore dietary and lifestyle therapies may be prescribed in addition to topical therapies.
What can you do at home?
- Keep the skin as dry as possible – particularly in between fingers, toes and other skin folds
- Get at least 15 minutes of sun per day and salt water swimming where possible
- Avoid tight, synthetic clothing
- Keep your sleeping temperature cool to avoid night sweating
- Reduce the intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates and increase intake of immune supportive nutrients such as Vitamin C and Zinc from fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds
For fungal skin treatments in Melbourne which take a holistic approach using natural therapies, contact the Psoriasis Eczema Clinic today.