Fungal Diseases (tinea)

Fungal diseases are called differently according to the affected body area. Tinea Pedis is a term used to describe a fungal infection of the foot. Tinea corporis refers to a fungal infection of the body while Tinea unguium refers to a fungal infection of the nails.

Fungi are living microorganisms and they grow and multiply in every human being. Foot and shoe hygiene is of great importance in the formation of this infection.

It does not develop in people who traditionally walk barefoot. Sweaty, damp and insufficient ventilation of the feet are perfect environments for the development of active fungi. Mushrooms like to grow in moist and wet environments. Sweating feet, feet that are not dried after washing, tight shoes and socks, hot climate facilitate fungal growth.

It can be seen in different ways such as peeling, crusting, cracks, redness on the soles of the feet, crusting, dandruff, blisters filled with water, itching between the fingers. Toenails can also sometimes become infected. (Tinea unguium)It may present with different clinical images such as dull, discolored, thickened or disfigured nail.

If left untreated, cracks in the foot and deterioration of skin integrity will facilitate the development of bacterial infections.

By paying attention to the simple rules listed below, we can prevent the formation or recurrence of fungus.

  • Wash feet once a day, more often if necessary (with soap).
  • Dry feet thoroughly (especially between the toes).
  • Do not wear socks or shoes before the feet are dry.
  • Do not wear tight shoes (especially in hot weather).
  • Breathable sandal-style shoes are the ideal type of shoes for summer months.
  • Wear cotton socks, change them daily or more often if necessary.
  • If possible, walk around the house barefoot.
  • In summer, use anti-fungal powders inside the shoes.

Samyeli (Tinea Versicolor)

Samyeli (Tinea versicolor) They are chronic, circumscribed, scaly patches characterized by various pigmentations, often occurring on the trunk, associated with the superficial growth of fungal hyphae. This fungus often occurs on the trunk and is normally found in the skin, in keratin, and in the hair follicle in adolescents and older people.

It is an opportunistic organism. This infection is not contagious. It is formed by the overgrowth of the persistent flora under certain favorable conditions.

Samyeli’s Age of Onset is young adults. Predisposing factors for Samyeli’s Disease; high temperature, humidity, excessive sweating and decrease in body resistance.

Samyeli skin lesions are moderately itchy. People are often worried about stains. The spots are of different diameters, oval and round shaped, sharply circumscribed. Lesions on untanned skin are light brown. It is white on tanned skin. Some lesions may be red.

Distribution:It is distributed over the trunk and upper arms, neck, abdomen, armpits, groin, hips, genital areas.

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