What are Skin Fungal Infections?
Fungal infections are created when a species of fungi from an outside source (i.e., soil, surface germs, contracting from another person) hitches a ride on your skin and spreads. A fungal skin infection often looks bright red and usually presents with a scaly and itchy rash with occasional pustules. Superficial infections of the skin and nails are cited as the most common form of infection, affecting up to 20-25% of the world’s population at any given time. The rash can appear anywhere on the body but it is more common in areas with skin folds, such as the groin, buttocks, or thighs.
What causes Skin Fungus?
There are 5 common types of skin fungal infections that include:
- Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis): The most common type of fungal infection, this condition often spreads when people walk barefoot in public bathrooms or locker rooms. The skin between your toes turns white and starts to peel. Athlete’s foot can also affect the soles (bottoms) of the feet.
- Nail fungus (onychomycosis): This infection is a common foot problem. It usually affects the toenails, which become yellow and thick and break easily.
- Jock itch (tinea cruris): A rash of the groin area, jock itch affects more men than women.
- Scalp ringworm (tinea capitis): This rash occurs mostly in children. It causes hair loss, but with the right treatment, the hair usually grows back.
- Ringworm (tinea corporis): This “catch-all” term is what healthcare providers call a rash that doesn’t fit into any other category. The rash often forms a ring shape.
These types of fungal infections are usually formed with the right conditions and passed from person to person. Athlete’s foot and jock itch, for example, are contracted when sweaty clothes like socks and underwear are damp for too long, allowing organisms (fungi) to grow in them. If another person happens to come in contact with these materials (i.e., they wear them), the fungus is likely to attach itself to that person and spread. Such is the case with yeast infections and ringworms. Yeast infections usually only appear on the genitals. Ringworms, however, appear on the skin and scalp and can be contracted from infected animals and passed back and forth.
Sven's Island remedies for 'Skin Fungal Infections'
Many people choose to eliminate fungal infections with an over-the-counter antifungal cream, but in some cases, these creams and lotions can cause further irritation due to the chemicals used in the formula. Fortunately, nature does provide natural alternatives that are nontoxic and non-irritant and have been clinically proven to be highly effective at treating fungal infections. We have 3 natural remedies- (Miracle Manuka, Barefoot Balsam, and Heavenly Hands) scientifically developed to treat fungal infections on the body, hands, and feet. These powerful formulations contain high concentrations of New Zealand plant extracts with recent studies confirming them to be highly effective in reducing and eliminating common forms of fungi and bacteria. NZ Manuka & Kanuka Leaf Oil.
Miracle Manuka- Skin Repair Ointment
Our Miracle Manuka skin repair ointment is a 100% natural, highly therapeutic, skincare treatment that contains powerful antibacterial and antifungal ingredients that can be used to help soothe and relieve red, scaly, and inflamed skin, symptoms often associated with skin fungus infections.
Barefoot Balsam- Foot Repair Cream
Barefoot Balsam is a 100% natural, highly therapeutic, foot care treatment that has proven highly effective in tackling serious foot problems including cracked heels, nail fungus, and athletes' foot. We took the moisturising qualities of virgin Coconut oil and infused them with the all-natural goodness of organic Paw Paw leaf extract to soothe inflamed feet. We then added the powerful antifungal and anti-inflammatory goodness of our organic Kanuka leaf oil to relieve fungal irritations. The end result is a product packed full of soothing properties to nourish and protect your feet, toenails, and cuticles.
Heavenly Hands- Intensive Hand Cream
This deeply nourishing formula with a delicious lemon-verbena scent will leave your hands feeling soft and refreshed. Our star ingredient, New Zealand Kowhai extract was purposefully selected by Sven for its strong antimicrobial properties, which kill or slow the spread of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi. Great Barrier Island Kanuka leaf oil also provides anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal protection, which is super handy for itchy, red, and inflamed skin.
It is recommended that you seek professional medical advice when dealing with a skin fungal infection. Always use as directed and if symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner.