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What happens if fungal infection is left untreated?
Candida is typically not life-threatening, but if left untreated, it can spread and eventually reach the bloodstream. Once the fungus is circulating throughout the body, it can affect vital organs like the brain and heart and cause more serious complications, including death ( 38 , 39 ).
What are the causes of fungal infection?
This imbalance of bacteria may be due to antibiotics, stress, and hormone imbalances, or poor eating habits, among other things. Candida infections can also commonly cause fungal toenail infections and diaper rash. A yeast infection may commonly cause fungal toenail infections.
Does fungal infection spread?
Fungi reproduce by spreading microscopic spores. These spores are often present in the air and soil, where they can be inhaled or come into contact with the surfaces of the body, primarily the skin. Consequently, fungal infections usually begin in the lungs or on the skin.
How can you prevent fungal infections?
To prevent fungal infections from taking a foothold at home, your best defense is to keep skin clean and dry. Change underwear and socks daily. Let your sneakers air out and wash them regularly.
What is the best medicine for fungal infection?
Medication taken by mouth appears to cure the condition more quickly and effectively than topical treatment. There are three main antifungal medications: griseofulvin, different medications in the azole group (itraconazole, fluconazole, albaconazole, posaconazole, ravuconazole), and terbinafine.
Which cream is best for skin infection?
Clotrimazole (Lotrimin) creams and lotions can be applied to superficial skin infections. Other medications require a prescription and a visit to your doctor. Other antifungal creams, such as ketoconazole (Nizoral), which is available by prescription, is helpful as well.
What can naturally kill fungus?
POLYSPORIN® First Aid Antibiotic Ointment is the #1 Dermatologist Recommended First Aid Ointment. It is a double antibiotic, containing Bacitracin and Polymyxin B. It helps prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns.