Of every four women in the United States, at least three will suffer from a vaginal yeast infection at one point in their lives. Women are often so embarrassed about a yeast infection that they refuse to go to a doctor or discuss their symptoms with a medical practitioner. This is mainly due to misinformation concerning the reasons why a woman contracts a yeast infection. Some women mistakenly feel that a yeast infection is the direct result of poor hygiene, so they guard their condition, often allowing the symptoms and infection to get worse.Before going into the symptoms, what are some common causes of a yeast infection.A main culprit can be the use of doctor-prescribed antibiotics to treat another infection in the body.
You may have always wondered why some doctors will suggest that a female patient being treated with antibiotics also eat a cup of yogurt every day. The reason for this is that antibiotics, especially antibiotics that must be taken for an extended period of time, often throws the vaginal acidity balance off, causing yeast to thrive. Other common causes of yeast infections are pregnancy, diabetes, steroids and birth control pills. Some studies have also shown that regular douching destroys the natural organisms that keep yeast in check. In addition, wearing jeans that are too tight, sitting in wet clothes.
Ringworm is the most common fungal skin infection seen in cats. Contrary to the name, ringworm is caused by a microscopic group of parasitic fungal organisms known as dermatophytes (which means “plants that live on the skin”). Ringworm invades the dead, outer layers of the skin, claws & hair. Ringworm is often a misdiagnosis for other conditions, especially numular eczema and pityriasis rosea.Remember that athlete’s foot is unusual in preteen children. These children often have Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis or a contact dermatitis when they have an itchy red rash on their feet.Ringworm is only mildly contagious, so children undergoing treatment may continue to attend school or daycare. In addition to infected people, you can get ringworm from infected cats and dogs.
So examine your pets if someone in your family develops ringworm. Wash the rash with soap and water, remove flaky skin, and dry thoroughly. For large areas of blistered sores, use compresses such as those made with Burow’s solution (available without a prescription) to soothe and dry out the blisters.Apply antifungal cream beyond the edge or border of the rash.Follow the directions on the package. Don’t stop using the medicine just because your symptoms go away. You will probably need to continue treatment for 2 to 4 weeks.Shampoos/Dips: Lime sulfur dips are the most effective. Sometimes clipping the cat (especially longhaired cats) is recommended to increase the effectiveness of treatment & also decrease environmental contamination.
The cat must not be allowed to lick it’s coat before it dries as this can cause vomiting. Bathing should be done every 4 – 6 days for approximately 2 – 4 weeks. Lime sulfur dips can cause yellowing of the coat, this however will fade in time.Among new treatments to help preserve the nail and not lose it, a nail cortisone or varnish is being tested in psoriasis of the nails. Until now we had cut the nail which protected the fungi and made them inaccessible. But if these studies’ results are positive, this varnish could avoid unpleasant injections into the fingers that two thirds of patients have to bear. Overall, researchers are working on the development of local therapies that will prevent the nail to be removed.
Millions of people worldwide have unwanted guests on the nails that could spread a highly contagious disease, onychomycosis. What happens is microscopic fungi that thrive in hot, humid environments feed on the keratin of the nails until their complete destruction.About 5% of the population suffers from nail fungus, on their nails but also on their hands or feet. And according to experts, the incidence of this disease is increasing.Contagion and symptoms of nail fungusThe big toe is often the first victim, following contamination by walking barefoot on contaminated soil such as a bathroom mat, a judo mat, or at the gym. Indeed, the frequency of 5 to 10% of the population is an average, but athletes, soldiers, or miners are much more exposed to this disease.
An American study found, after studying two teams of basketball players, that nearly 70% of players tested were suffering or had suffered from nail fungus. The nail is in this case yellow or brown, is deteriorating and thickens. Complications such as an ingrown toenail and pain can occur. These symptoms are not sufficient to diagnose onychomycosis though. Only a physician is authorized to diagnose the disease, and laboratory analysis will confirm the origin of the disorder. But as a result, it comes out that about half of the victims of the disease are unaware of their condition and only one in three visits his doctor.
Treatments of nail fungusThere are many traditional treatments that are not working well, and there are nearly one third of patients for whom treatments did not bring the desired results. But fortunately, this rate of failure is significantly lowered with the advent of new treatments.The first possibility is taking oral anti-fungal products. They help fight against the fungus and with the arrival of new molecules the results are often spectacular. It is also possible to add local treatment creams or varnish, according to the degree of spread of the infection.