As much as monsoon makes our environment green and scenic, the moisture levels rise and so does the humidity. With all the moisture present in the surroundings, it paves way for fungal infections, especially of the feet since they are always drenched in water or tightly enclosed in footwear. Taking a little extra care of your feet in the rainy season can prevent painful and serious foot conditions. So here are a few tips on how you can go about managing and preventing these fungal infections:
Here are some tips to take care of your feet and help preventing infections:
Firstly, if one is already suffering from fungal infection, do not self-medicate. Avoid using over the counter steroid creams because they do nothing more than flaring up the infection and making the fungal strains resistant to approved antifungal medications. So, consult a dermatologist at the first go.
One needs to take appropriate dermatologist approved antifungal medications along with antihistamines and topical treatments for a good 4-6 weeks. Do not stop the medications midway unless it is advised by the Dermatologist, since some fungal strains take a longer time to respond to the antifungal medications.
Always wear open rubber/ plastic footwear. Wearing closed fabric footwear soaks up moisture, increasing the chances of fungal infections. For people working at places which demand the use of socks and shoes, make sure to apply some antifungal dusting powder in the socks, as it would help keeping the feet dry
Do not stay in wet, sweaty clothes for a long time. Make sure the clothes are thoroughly dry before wearing them
Pat the skin dry before layering clothes, also use an antifungal dusting powder or talc on body folds like armpits, groin, finger & toe spaces and the waistline.
Don't cut them too close to the skin, as it increases the chances of cuts and tears which then increase the risk of contracting fungal infections
Avoid using a moisturizer during the day since it would overhydrate the skin and damage the skin barrier, giving an easy entry for not only fungi but also other microbes.
For Diabetic patients, keeping the glucose levels within normal limits plays a crucial role in managing fungal infections, since glucose provides a good medium for fungi to grow.
It is essential to wash clothes in hot water or iron them as it kills the fungi attached to the cloth lining.
In cases where the fungal infection is recurrent, one is advised to undergo blood tests to check blood sugar levels, Haemoglobin or rule out Thyroid Disorders - Your doctor will prescribe these for you. The duration of the treatment is generally longer for people with have co-morbidities such as Diabetes, Hypertension, etc.
About the author: Dr Kiran Godse is a consultant dermatologist in Hiranandani Hospital Vashi, Navi Mumbai-A Fortis Network Hospital
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.
Amazon Prime Day 2020: Tackle Back Aches And Foot Pain With Body Massagers Now Up To 70% Off
World Breastfeeding Week: Foods To Limit Or Avoid While Breastfeeding
World Breastfeeding Week: Benefits Of Breastfeeding For Mother And Baby
From Body Fat To Muscle Mass, These Smart Weighing Scales Do More Than Tell Your Weight