Fungal pathology is a common disease among all age categories of the population. It is necessary to treat the fungus on the legs between the toes due to the high risk of infecting others, including your family members, with the infection. Mycosis is easily treated if its symptoms are recognized at the initial stage. In chronic cases, it can take several months to a year to get rid of the disease.
Fungal spores can be found on clothing, shoes, and household items for several years.
The appearance of a fungus on the legs is a sign of a failure in the protective functions of the body. Avitaminosis, exacerbation of chronic infections, seasonal viral diseases - all this can lead to a decrease in immunity, and then to a fungal disease. A healthy body will not allow pathogenic microbes to multiply. Risk factor's:
- the presence of one of the diseases:
- pathology of the gastrointestinal tract;
- ENT infections;
- changes in metabolism;
- hormonal surges:
- adolescence puberty;
- the pregnancy;
- wearing shoes that do not fit;
- the presence of corns, abrasions on the foot;
- put on someone else's shoes;
- use of poorly disinfected pedicure tools;
- walking barefoot in saunas, baths, pool complexes;
- excessive sweating;
- bad habits:
- of smoking.
- the use of moldy products;
- hereditary predisposition to fungal infections (violation of the acid-base balance in the skin).
signs of the disease
Signs of fungus between the toes:
- itching between the toes;
- peeling and peeling of the skin between the fingers;
- blisters appear on the skin between the fingers, which burst and form a festering erosion;
- on the feet, the skin thickens, cracks (often this happens under the little finger);
- the big toenail looks dull, changes color and structure;
- the appearance of a rash, redness of the skin of the feet;
- smelly feet
Just finding the disease is not enough. We need a detailed diagnosis that will help identify a specific strain of the fungus and its sensitivity to antifungal drugs. For this, the dermatologist, after the examination, directs the patient to scrape the affected areas of the feet. As a result of these studies, it is possible to prescribe a treatment that is effective in a particular case.
You can recognize the fungus at home. Potassium permanganate will help. If you dip your feet in a weak solution of potassium permanganate, healthy skin will turn pink, while diseased areas will remain white.
What to treat?
To cure interdigital fungus on the legs, you need to be patient; in some cases, therapy takes from a month to a year. Treatment of mycosis includes the use of fungicidal agents of local (to relieve symptoms) and systemic action, antibacterial and healing drugs and vitamin complexes. It is important to treat the disease with a full course of medication. After the symptoms disappear, it is important to continue using the medicines for another 10 days.
Medications of synthetic origin against foot fungus can be divided into local and systemic. Locals are intended to relieve symptoms and treat an incipient fungal infection. While the systemic use of antifungal agents has a complex effect on the organism. Such drugs are very toxic, therefore their use is contraindicated in children, pregnant women and during lactation.
Form of release of topical preparations:
- nail polish.
Local remedies are good for fungi:
- Castellani liquid;
- cationic antiseptic;
- potassium permanganate;
- aluminum acetate solution;
- iodine solution in an aqueous solution of potassium iodide.
Active substances that systemically affect the fungus are available in the form of tablets and solutions for intravenous administration.
Treatment with folk remedies.
You can cure the fungus between the toes with the help of traditional medicine recipes. However, the use of such methods must be agreed with the attending physician. It is also important to ensure that there are no allergic reactions of the body to natural medicinal components. To check this, you need to apply a small amount to the inner crease of the elbow and wait a few hours. If there is no redness or rash on the site, it is suitable to use a folk remedy for the fungus between the toes.
Ordinary table vinegar (wine or apple cider vinegar is best) has an acidic environment that is detrimental to a yeast infection. You can quickly cure big toe fungus by applying a vinegar compress daily. It is advisable to wrap the legs with polyethylene and leave it to act for 5 minutes. After that, the feet are washed well under running water and an antifungal drug is applied.
Another recipe with vinegar:
- Pour a vial of glycerin into a pint jar.
- Fill the jar with 70% vinegar up to the neck and mix well.
- Dip a Q-tip in the solution and apply between your fingers every day.
sea salt for toe fungus
The most effective treatment with folk remedies is possible with the use of sea salt. If it is not possible to obtain sea salt, ordinary table salt can also be used. To prepare a foot bath solution, add 5 tablespoons of salt to hot water. Perform foot baths several times a day until a steady recovery of the toe fungus.
How does the soda help?
Violation of the acid-base balance leads to the fact that a fungus appears between the fingers. Soda restores the balance of the skin and actively fights against foot fungus. Recipes with soft drinks:
- Soda foot baths can be prepared if you add 2 tablespoons to 2 liters of water with a temperature of 40 degrees. yosoda.
- Soda-based mushroom paste is prepared from 2 tablespoons of the component, a tablespoon of water and a few drops of lemon juice. Mix all ingredients. A chemical reaction will follow with the release of gas bubbles. After they disappear, you can smear the paste on the damaged areas of the skin.
Preparing a cure for a fungal infection from ordinary onions is very simple. You can chop the head of the onion into a gruel and apply this remedy to the affected areas. It is possible to add garlic porridge (1: 1). It is also helpful to squeeze the onion juice and use a cotton swab to apply the juice on the scaly feet. Apply daily.
Hygiene and care of feet and footwear
During the period when the fungus on the toes is treated, it is important for the patient to allocate individual underwear, socks, hygiene items - pumice stone, scissors. All footwear must be washed and dried thoroughly. If possible, shoes should be treated with a 1% solution of formaldehyde in water and methanol; mushrooms die in 15 minutes.It is necessary to carry out foot hygiene procedures at least 2 times a day, keep shoes dry and clean, and avoid blisters and abrasions on the legs. It is better to wash clothes at the highest temperatures allowed.
If the fungal sore does not go away after the use of local and systemic drugs, and folk remedies do not have the desired effect, an operation against the fungus on the legs is possible. The procedure is performed in a medical facility under local anesthesia using a local anesthetic. Damaged skin is cut with a scalpel, the place is treated with antiseptics. This method guarantees a complete recovery.
How to treat a child?
Fungus in a child is less common than in an adult. However, due to non-compliance with hygiene rules, it is possible for children to become infected with fungus. The fungus occurs in children mainly on the thumb and little finger due to their frequent injury. Treatment involves the use of local preparations - ointments and creams.
Characteristics in pregnant women.
A fungus between the toes during pregnancy is a common occurrence due to a decrease in immunity in a woman in position. The disease is not dangerous for the fetus in the womb, but it is possible and necessary to treat the disease during pregnancy so as not to infect the already born baby later. The choice of the drug for pregnant women should be in favor of the most non-toxic and easy-to-use drug with a short course of treatment. Perhaps the folk treatment of a fungal disease. Systemic therapy is contraindicated.
To ensure that the fungal disease does not penetrate the body, it is necessary to increase the protective functions of the body in every possible way: harden yourself, eat right, give up bad habits. It is important to observe the rules of personal hygiene: wash your hands after visiting public places, wear changeable shoes in pools and baths, wash your feet daily. You can't wear someone else's shoes and allow other people to wear theirs. When shopping for shoes and clothing, choose items made from natural fabrics.