And rarely, A fungal culture is done so how do you manage a fungal infection?
How to manage and treat fungal infection? Treatment of fungal infection is as simple as its diagnosis. Treatment is divided into two parts;

First you have the drugs, topical creams, and oral medications. And secondly, your personal hygiene and working on preventing the recurrence of infection. Medical line of treatment has topical medicines, patient can use creams, ointments, lotions, gels, shampoos, and powder prescribed to them depending on the site of infection and extent of infection. Usually, Topical shampoos such as ketoconazole 2%, Selenium sulphide, Ciclopirox olamine, Zinc pyrithione and topical antifungals in the form of creams, ointments, gels, lotions, aerosol sprays, and powders and Imidazole creams, Like Miconazole, Clotrimazole, Ketoconazole Econazole and Allylamine creams like Naftifine Terbinafin, Ciclopirox cream, Tolnaftate cream and Haloprogin cream. Oral antifungal agent is another line of treatment. Mainly, oral antifungal drugs Is reserved for those patients who are unresponsive to topical antifungal creams or maybe in those patients who have extensive fungal injections, main oral antifungal drugs are, Griseofulvin, Fluconazole, ketoconazole , Terbinafine , Itraconazole. Voriconazole is another new medicine which is only used in indoor hospitalised admitted patients or immunocompromised patients.

Well, look, these medicines are costly and moreover, taking these medicines without medical advice leads to possible side effects if your body is not compatible with it, that is why, these medicines can be prescribed by only expert experienced doctors, any inexperienced doctors advice or self -medicating yourself is not advisable and yes, take the entire treatment course your doctor gave you, Do not suddenly stop the medication on initial relief. The use of topical medicines requires you to keep the Golden rule of 2 in mind, first important thing is that the affected area should be cleaned and dried, All moisture needs to be removed before applying the topical medicine. Put the cream on your fingertip and apply it on the infectious lesions boundary and 2 cms within the boundary, and outside it, apply the cream on the periphery and drag it into the center, while blending it do this twice a day, once in the morning and once at night for the stipulated course which is usually 2 weeks. The fungal infection will have complete clearance in that much time. But after the treatment you have to maintain hygiene to prevent it from spreading and worsening again, spread information about moisture prevention, maceration, and personal hygiene maintaining cleanliness and dryness is required, also stay away from people with fungal infections such as colleagues, schoolmates, And even infected pets. Tell them to visit a dermatologist or vet accordingly and get treated, schools, childcare centers, gyms, locker rooms, and showers that you visit should be kept clean and dry. Do not share clothes, combs, caps, towels and especially try not to use thick and tight clothing as this worsens it, stay fit, exercise properly and live a healthy lifestyle, eat a balanced diet and work on preventing the fungal infection and treating it completely and fully when you have to. Fungal infections can easily be avoided by proper hygiene, self care and a healthy lifestyle and with the right treatment, completion of full treatment and cure is possible, all you have to do is visit any experienced dermatologist or skin specialist near you and stay away from apparent internet medicines and self- medicating.

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