Tinea or fungal infections are easy to diagnose.
Dermatologists diagnose them by looking at them.
However, in some cases, they may carry out various tests to diagnose it.
Once they diagnose the type of infection as well as the severity, dermatologists decide the course of treatment.
The treatment consists of two parts:
- Topical creams & and oral medications.
- Maintaining personal hygiene & care.
Dermatologists prescribe creams, ointments, lotions, gels, shampoos, and powder to the patient. This depends on the site of infection as well as the extent of infection.
They may also prescribe oral antifungal agents.
These are for those patients who are unresponsive to topical antifungal creams. Further, they are for those individuals who have extensive fungal injections.
It is important to complete the entire treatment. One must not suddenly stop the medication on initial relief.
When you use topical medicines, it is important to keep in mind the golden rule of 2 in mind.
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. Then apply it on the boundary of infectious lesions, 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.
However, it is very important to maintain hygiene after the treatment. This will help to prevent it from spreading and worsening.
Complete your treatment and maintain personal hygiene to prevent recurrence.