The fungal rash is very itchy and easily contagious. This disease can be spread easily from one person to another through the use of personal equipment such as shared towels, or through direct touch. Fungi thrive in moist and warm environments on the body. Fungi usually eat keratin, a protein found in skin, nails, and hair. Fortunately, this disease can be treated with home treatments or drugs.
Method 1 of 3: Treating a Fungal Rash at Home
Step 1. Identify the type of fungus that attacks you
The fungi that cause rashes are commonly known as Dermatophytes. This fungus can infect human skin, mouth, hair and nails. There are several types of Dermatophytes, which occur in different parts of the body and cause different fungal infections.
- Watch for a rash on the skin that is itchy, red, and ring-shaped. This is ringworm, and it can affect parts of the body that are exposed to the fungus, such as the arms, legs, and face. Ringworm is very contagious.
- Watch for blisters, peeling, or cracking. If it's in the foot, it's athlete's foot, and it may also sting. A rash and blistering skin around the groin or inner thighs is Tinea cruris, which is similar to ringworm, but affects a different part of the body.
- Watch your nails. Nail fungus will make nails yellow and brittle. Nails can also thicken and become painful when wearing shoes.
- Watch for patches of different colors on the skin. If these patches are brown, pink, or white and appear on your back, neck, or upper arms, you have Pityriasis versicolor infection. But if it is white and appears around the mouth and vagina, this is candidiasis. Candidiasis is usually only dangerous for those with weakened immune systems.
Step 2. Wash the infected area before administering the treatment
Use an antiseptic soap that can clean the infected area while removing dirt and germs from the surroundings. Dry with a rag or hairdryer. This habit is also useful for preventing fungal infections, and should always be done before giving any treatment.
Step 3. Apply tea tree oil on the infected area
Tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties and is effective in treating fungal infections. You can buy this oil at a local pharmacy. Rub tea tree oil on the infected body parts 2-3 times a day.
- You can use pure or diluted tea tree oil. If you want to dilute tea tree oil, try mixing it in a ratio of one and a half teaspoons of oil to 1 cup of warm water.
- Be careful using tea tree oil during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or childbirth. Some people report that tea tree oil can reduce the strength of contractions, although this is not clear due to limited research information.
- Avoid using tea tree oil on the skin of teenage boys as it is known to cause breast growth (gynecomastia).
Step 4. Try using apple cider vinegar
Vinegar is known to have antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. Apple cider vinegar can help with fungal rashes because it contains acids and enzymes that create a chemical reaction that kills fungi in the skin. There are several ways to use vinegar to treat fungal rashes.
- Dilute apple cider vinegar in a 1:1 ratio (1 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup water). You can put some vinegar on a cotton ball and rub it on the infected area 2-3 times a day. You can also soak the infected area in an apple cider vinegar-water (1:1) mixture for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to thoroughly dry the area after soaking.
- You can soak the whole body. Fill the tub with lukewarm water, then pour in 5 cups of vinegar. You can add more if you want to make the vinegar bath a little more concentrated. Soak in it for about 10-20 minutes.
Step 5. Puree a raw garlic and rub it directly on the mushroom rash
Garlic extract can inhibit the growth of microorganisms because it contains allicin, an active compound released by garlic after being crushed. In addition, ajoene, another compound found in raw garlic is also very effective in treating fungal rashes. These compounds can kill fungi on the surface of the skin and speed up skin recovery.
- You can rub crushed garlic on the infected area 2 times a day. Then, wrap it in gauze so that the garlic can absorb better.
- You can try making a garlic paste by crushing 1 clove of garlic and mixing it with about 15 ml of olive oil. Apply it to the fungal rash several times a day to speed up its recovery.
- You can also consume 1 raw garlic clove every day to cleanse the body of toxins, including the fungus that lives in it.
Method 2 of 3: Treating Fungal Rash with Medication
Step 1. Consult the rash you are experiencing with your doctor
There are a number of treatments available for different cases of fungal rash. Some of these can be purchased without a prescription (over-the-counter), and may be cheaper than prescription drugs. Your doctor will recommend using over-the-counter medications if that helps, or prescribe medication if necessary.
Step 2. Sprinkle antifungal powder on areas of the body that are prone to moisture
When a fungal rash develops, and the infected area is moist and warm, the condition and symptoms will worsen. Buy an antifungal powder that you can use every day. Powder can prevent body parts from getting moist by absorbing it and keeping the surface of the skin dry at all times.
Baby powder can be sprinkled into your shoes to keep your feet dry throughout the day, especially if you work in a wet environment, or your feet sweat a lot
Step 3. Apply an antifungal cream on the fungal rash
Ketoconazole cream, an over-the-counter drug available in all pharmacies, is widely used to treat all types of fungal rashes. This drug works by inhibiting the growth of fungi that infect the skin. You can apply this cream once a day for 2 to 6 weeks until the rash is completely healed. Other antifungal creams that are also widely used include:
- Clotrimazole, which is sold under the brand names Canesten and Lotrimin. Clotrimazole is also an over-the-counter drug that is used to treat various types of fungal infections, especially yeast. This drug can be used 2-3 times a day for 4 weeks.
- Terbinafine, which is sold under the brand name Lamisil. This drug can also be purchased without a prescription and is available in the form of a cream or powder to treat yeast infections. Terbinafine tablets are available to treat fungal nail infections. Lamisil can be used for 2-3 days.
Step 4. Use prescription medications as directed by your doctor
In severe cases, the fungal rash can get worse even with home treatments and over-the-counter medications. If so, the doctor will prescribe a prescription. In addition to powders and creams, some prescription drugs can be obtained as pills or by injection directly into the bloodstream intravenously.
Method 3 of 3: Preventing Fungal Rashes
Step 1. Keep the body clean to avoid the development of fungi
Cleanliness plays an important role in fungal growth. If you don't clean warm, damp areas of your body, it's possible that mold can easily grow on your body. Be sure to clean and dry your entire body regularly.
- You should make sure your entire body is cool, dry, and moisture-free.
- Keep the infected area dry and clean, especially around the skin folds.
- Always dry your feet after washing them.
- Always trim and trim your nails.
Step 2. Avoid sharing personal equipment
Sharing utensils such as towels, toothbrushes, socks, and underwear can expose you to mold. To make sure you don't catch the infection from anyone, try to avoid sharing things that are in direct contact with other people.
Wear slippers when walking in saunas and public bathrooms so you don't step on mold
Step 3. Always wash your clothes and underwear
Washing clothes, especially underwear, on a regular basis will get rid of mold from clothes. Also, keeping clothes dry and sweat-free will prevent the creation of an environment that supports mold growth.
Change socks every day. Wear cotton socks that are more breathable to keep your feet dry
Step 4. Keep the house clean
This is especially important for rooms such as bedrooms or bathrooms that you use when you are not dressed. Use a disinfectant and try to keep sinks, bathtubs and showers dry when not in use. For the bedroom, wash sheets and blankets regularly.
Step 5. Be aware of risk factors for yeast infection
If you are overweight, have diabetes, incontinence, or sweat a lot, you are at greater risk of getting a yeast rash. Certain lifestyle changes can also increase your risk of fungal rash. People who use high or long doses of antibiotics, new skin care products, or suffer from paralysis can become infected with fungi as a result of these conditions.
- Some treatments may take time to take effect. Be patient until you feel the results. If after the recommended treatment period is finished but the results are not visible, consult a doctor to get a stronger drug.
- Read the instructions for use on the medicine package carefully before using it. Be aware of any limitations or possible side effects.
- Do not mix drugs. This will cause the effect to be disturbed and may be harmful to your health.