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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: 

  • Age: Higher risk for the very young and the elderly
  • Illness: including diabetes, cancer, malnutrition, hormonal disorders, another skin disease
  • Weight: Increased risk in overweight and obese persons due to more skin folds
  • Climate: Those who live in warm and humid climates or visit these environments (e.g. indoor pools, public showers)
  • Medications: antibiotics, contraceptive medications, chemotherapy or other immunosuppressive medications
  • Clothing: tight, restrictive clothing

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:

  • Oral candidiasis (oral thrush)
  • Angular cheilitis
  • Vulvovaginal candidiasis (vaginal thrush)
  • Balanitis (penile thrush)
  • Intertrigo (skin fold infection)
  • Napkin dermatitis (nappy rash)
  • Chronic paronychia (nail fold infection)
  • Onychomycosis (nail plate infection)
  • Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis

Malassezia furfur infections include:

  • Pityriasis versicolor
  • Malassezia folliculitis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis (e.g. dandruff)
  • Some facial atopic dermatitis
  • Neonatal cephalic pustulosis

Tinea infections include:

  • Tinea barbae (beard)
  • Tinea capitis (head)
  • Tinea corporis (body)
  • Tinea cruris (groin)
  • Tinea faciei (face)
  • Tinea manuum (hand)
  • Tinea pedis (foot)
  • Tinea unguium (nail)

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.

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