We treat interdigital fungus on the feet

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A common mycotic pathology is a fungus between the fingers, where a good environment is formed for various microorganisms. Under certain conditions, it can be many dermatophytes, molds and yeast spores. The first sign of their activity is a slight itching, which may accompany a burning sensation of varying intensity.

Causes of interdigital fungus of the feet and hands

The main cause of infection is the weakness of local or general immunity. Provocative factors may be contact with the carrier, the presence of systemic diseases, other conditions:

  • skin injuries;
  • irregular and careless hygiene of limbs;
  • hyperhidrosis or, conversely, excessive dryness of the epidermis;
  • tight and uncomfortable shoes;
  • hypothermia in the legs or, conversely, diaper rash due to overheating.

The possibility of infection increases in public places with a warm and humid microclimate, which includes baths, saunas, swimming pools and beaches, when using other people's clothes or shoes.

A type of fungus between the fingers

Fungus on the skin between the fingers differs in the type of pathogen and localization. More often than other microorganisms, the disease is caused by dermatophytes; in some cases, molds and yeasts are the causative agents. Usually the infection occurs between the toes, fungus on the hands is less common.

Symptoms of fungus on the legs and arms

The first sign of the disease is a small crack, first the big toe and the skin on the big toe is affected. In the early stages, mild peeling and mild itching between the fingers accompany microtraumas. In addition to the initial stage with subtle symptoms, the disease goes through three more stages with increased manifestations of infection. In the second stage:

  • slight redness, turning into a large spot;
  • the skin peels more strongly;
  • vesicles are formed;
  • corn, callus formed;
  • the skin becomes rough;
  • itching becomes stronger, periodically turning into a burning sensation.

In the penultimate stage, the patient's condition worsens significantly, pain is added to severe itching. The clinical picture is as follows:

  • cracks deepen, erosion forms;
  • peeling of the skin on the toes and in the interdigital space;
  • ruptured vesicles, infiltration accompanied by weeping;
  • there are symptoms of diaper rash;
  • inflammation begins.

The neglected form is characterized by worsening pain, an unbearable burning sensation, increased redness, deepening of skin injuries, pus and bleeding are observed.

toenail fungus symptoms

Diagnostics

Unlike other types of mycosis, this type of fungus is easily diagnosed through visual inspection, even in the early stages. To identify the pathogen, a microscope is used with a preliminary scraping of biomaterial from the affected area. In addition, culture culture, CPR diagnostics, blood and urine tests are prescribed. A complex of laboratory methods will allow:

  • accurately determine the type of infection;
  • level of damage;
  • pathogen resistance to mycotics.

Diagnosis of the disease may require from several days to a month. Based on the results, effective drugs and treatment regimens are selected.

Medical treatment

Treatment of the initial form of fungus between the toes or fingers may be limited to external means. For later forms, systemic mycotics for oral administration are added to topical preparations.

Ointment

With proper use, the ointment acts on the entire depth of the skin, completely destroying superficial infections. A few simple recommendations will help to achieve the desired therapeutic effect:

  • external medicine is used to clean and steam the skin, therefore, before each treatment procedure, a bath is prepared for the limbs;
  • with many microtraumas on the legs, it is not recommended to use solutions based on caustic components;
  • after steaming, the skin is gently cleaned all over the feet, especially carefully in the interdigital space;
  • pre-treatment is completed with a thorough wipe with a towel or disposable towel;
  • ointment is used in a thin layer, evenly distributing it on the affected area, accompanying the application with light rubbing movements.

Arbitrary choice of ointment is not recommended; the medicine prescribed by the doctor will be the most effective and the safest.

Solution

In the early stages, interdigital fungus responds well to treatment with solutions. The liquid form is easily absorbed, quickly seeping into the thickness of the skin. It is applied to a clean and dry surface without any additional manipulation using a cotton pad or swab. As a non-core drug, injectable Novocain can be used. When used with lotion, the solution:

  • dries the skin and relieves inflammation;
  • relieves itching and burning;
  • allows you to remove redness;
  • provides a disinfecting effect.

Tablets

Various mycotic tablets are prescribed for deep penetration of infection, when local drugs cannot cope with the disease. This tool acts from the inside, which provides a strong therapeutic effect, allowing you to completely get rid of the fungus, even in its advanced form.

However, doctors avoid prescribing the same drug in different forms for complex therapy. This reduces the sensitivity of the pathogen to the agent, prolonging the course of treatment. The specificity of the application and the presence of contraindications can cause serious side effects, which will complicate the treatment. Therefore, the doctor should choose the drug, determine the dose, frequency and duration of its use.

People's recovery

The advantage of such treatment is the ability to carry out the procedure at home in a self-prepared way without additional costs. Despite its popularity, therapy exclusively with folk remedies does not always lead to complete recovery. But they cope well with external manifestations, help cure early interdigital mycosis in combination with drugs.

Bath salt and soda

This method is considered one of the most affordable and easy to use. The recipe does not require expensive components, one liter of boiled water is enough to prepare a solution, with a temperature of about 40 degrees, 2 teaspoons. soda or salt. It's best to use sea salt, but if you don't have it, you can get by with regular table salt. The components are mixed, the limbs are kept in the solution for up to half an hour. It is recommended to take a bath at least once a day, the last procedure should be done before bedtime.

Herbal bath

For this option, you can use decoction of dry collection of celandine, chamomile, plantain. The components are taken in a spoon, pour a liter of boiling water and cook until it boils over low heat. After filtering, the broth is poured into a container for the procedure and the feet are steamed for at least 20 minutes. After showering, the skin is gently cleaned of the dead layer of the epidermis and wiped dry. For additional treatment of the affected area, iodine or hydrogen peroxide can be used.

Lotion with vinegar

Fungus on the skin between the fingers is often recommended to be treated with a vinegar solution. The liquid creates an acidic environment that is not suitable for infection, which inhibits the activity of pathogens. For lotions, 9% table vinegar is used:

  • moist cotton pads are placed between the fingers;
  • limbs covered with cling film;
  • lotion lasts up to 5 minutes.

After the procedure, it is necessary to rinse the skin with running water at a comfortable temperature. Repeatability at least 1 time a day, every day, until the symptoms disappear.

Treatment during pregnancy

During pregnancy, mycosis between the toes is a particular danger. Self-medication in such conditions is unacceptable, therapy is carried out under the supervision of a doctor. When choosing drugs and regimens, it is necessary to take into account the ratio of benefit to the mother and harm to the fetus.

Treatment of fungus between the fingers and toes in children

Infection affects children in rare cases, usually the source of the disease is an infection from an adult. The treatment regimen is almost the same as for adults. An important nuance is dose reduction, especially systemic drugs. Some daily doses are determined by the child's weight. Age restrictions must be considered before use.

Prevention of fungal infections

The main way to prevent infection and the development of fungal infections remains maintaining personal hygiene and strengthening the body's protective functions. Comfortable shoes made of natural, breathable materials will help keep your feet healthy.