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Treatment of Fungal Diseases

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Fungi can live anywhere including soil, air, water, and other plants. Others also exist naturally in the human body. Even though some fungi are harmful and may cause serious infections, others are actually helpful. In the event that the harmful fungus invades the body, it is very difficult to terminate them and bring the body to its normal state. This is because they are able to survive in the environment and proceed to infect the individual trying to recover. This article focuses on the treatment of fungal infections. To properly understand the treatment of the infection, it is important to know the population at risk of being infected.

Who is at risk?

Fungal infections usually attack humans. They don’t pose a notable threat to the health of an individual when treated just in time and in the right manner. If you have an immune system that is generally weaker than a normal person, then consider yourself vulnerable to fungal infections. Same applies to individuals using antibiotics. Furthermore, it has been proved that diabetes and cancer treatments also exposes and individual to fungal infections.

Common fungal infections and how to treat them

  • Athlete’s foot

Otherwise known as Tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is one of the most common fungal infections today. This condition is mostly associated with athletes and sports since warm and moist environments provide a haven for the growth of the fungus. Such environments are sports equipment, socks, and even shoes. However, that is not to say that anyone else cannot be affected by athlete’s foot. You will find most cases of athlete’s foot in warm climates since it multiplies quickly.

Symptoms

The symptoms of athlete’s foot exhibit a variation from individual to individual. Some of the commonest symptoms however include:

  • Scaling and peeling away of the skin
  • Stinging, itching, or burning sensation in the affected regions
  • Cracking and peeling away of the skin
  • Redness and blisters on the affected area.
  • Softness of the infected skin.

Treatment and prevention

Note that not all itchy feet mean that you are suffering from athlete’s foot. There is a whole list of conditions which have itchy feet as a symptom, and as such you must not rush to conclude. To find out if there is fungus on the skin, doctors scrub out the scaling skin off the feet before inspecting it under a microscope.

Topical antifungal ointments do the treatment of athlete’s foot. However, when you are severely infected, you may need oral medication too. Besides, you will also need to keep your feet dry so that the fungi can die.

  • Jock itch

This is yet another common fungal infection though not as common as the athlete’s foot. They also thrive in warm environments which hasten their multiplication. They are mostly found in the regions groin, inner thighs, and even buttocks. It is mildly contagious and can be spread to another individual through contact.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Often times, you can identify jock itch by its appearance since it is very particular in its looks. The doctors can also scrap a part of the skin to confirm their diagnosis.

The treatment of jock itch is majorly using topical antifungal ointments and observing proper hygiene. Most cases are however improved by over the counter medication. Some may also require prescription medication, so avoid sharing objects like towels.

The above are some examples of fungal infections and how you can treat them. Noteworthy, is the fact that you should consider preventive measures rather than waiting to treat the infection altogether.

 

 

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Can Wildfire Smoke Affect Your Health?

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It seems as though there is always a story on the news about a wildfire breaking out and how difficult they are to contain. Most people think of wildfires and they think about the damage and destruction they can do to homes, vehicles, and personal belongings. What most people don’t consider is the damage the wildfire can do to their health.

How Can Smoke Affect Your Health?

The smoke that is created from a wildfire is a mixture of fine particles and gasses from the burning trees and plant materials. These particles and gasses can result in:

  • Burning eyes
  • An irritated respiratory system
  • Hacking cough
  • Worsens heart disease
  • Worsens lung disease

Who Can Be the Most Effected By the Smoke From Wildfires?

The smoke from a wildfire can affect anyone, however, there are certain people who are at greater risk of having complications.

  • People who have heart or lung problems: If you have any type of heart disease, asthma, or another type of lung disease, you are at greater risk of developing complications from the smoke from a wildfire than a healthy person would be.
  • The elderly: The elderly are at greater risk of developing complications due to wildfire smoke. The reason is that an elderly person has a weaker heart and weaker lungs than a younger person. Also, many elderly people already have lung and heart complications.
  • Children: Children are in danger when it comes to wildfire smoke. A child’s airway is still developing, therefore, they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. Also, children spend a great deal of their time outdoors playing.

How to Protect Yourself From Wildfire Smoke

If you want to protect your family and your family from wildfire smoke complications, there are a few steps that you should take.

  • Pay attention to air quality reports: If the air outdoors is dangerous due to wildfire smoke, it will be mentioned on the news. If the news or health reports say that the air quality is poor, you should try to stay indoors.
  • Keep your windows closed: If the air quality outside is poor, you want to keep the air quality inside clean. To do this, keep the windows closed. If you need to run your air conditioner, you should close the intake for fresh air. Also, keep the filter clean to keep the smoke from outside from getting in.
  • Avoid any activities that will increase pollution: When the air quality outdoors is bad, you should avoid burning candles, using your fireplace, and using your gas stove. You should also avoid vacuuming. It can stir up particles in the air, which can make the indoor pollution worse.
  • Don’t rely on dust masks for protection: You should not put on a dust mask and expect it to protect you from the wildfire smoke. These masks are designed to trap large particles, like sawdust. They are not made to collect the small particles that are created by wildfires.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice: If you are having trouble breathing during the fire, you should contact your doctor. You should follow the instructions that the doctor gives you and take the medication as prescribed.
  • Consider evacuating: If you are having difficulty breathing both indoors and outdoors, you should consider evacuating until the firefighters have everything under control. Evacuating could be the healthiest thing for you.

In a perfect world, wildfires wouldn’t put us at risk. Since we don’t live in a perfect world it is important to know who is at risk and what you can do to protect yourself and your family during a wildfire.

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5 Top Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants

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The quality of indoor air, whether it be at home or at the office, is very important to one’s health. We spend our entire lives breathing and when we are inside, it is important that the quality of the air we are breathing is just as fresh as the outdoors. There are some very common indoor air pollutants that can harm the integrity of indoor air. Luckily, these pollutants can be avoided.

Cigarette Smoke

While many counties and states have banned indoor smoking at restaurants and other public buildings, people still smoke in their homes. The carcinogens in the cigarette smoke is not only inhaled by the person who is smoking but also everyone who lives there. This smell and toxicity can linger in the air and be absorbed into furniture, clothing, etc.

Mold

More common than people think, mold can lurk in both small quantities and large quantities inside of a building. Common in high moisture areas like bathrooms and showers can harbor mold, but there can also be mold lurking inside of walls and such if there is a plumbing concern or structural concern with the building itself. Mold can be extremely hazardous to your health and even more so if you suffer from allergies or asthma. Keep humidity at normal levels in your home or office by using a dehumidifier if need be.

Chemicals

This is one of the most prevalent indoor pollutants around. Harmful chemicals can off gas from so many different sources. Paint, cabinets, flooring, carpets and cleaning products are all sources of chemicals. You can even introduce chemicals into your indoor air from scented candles, air freshener and perfume. Breathing in these chemicals can cause allergies, asthma, an increase in illnesses and even cancer.

Pesticides

Nobody wants rodents or bugs in their home or office so in these cases exterminators are called. What people don’t often realize is that the pesticides that are used to rid locations from these pests are very harmful and toxic. Usually the application process is done when people are not around but the products still off gas for many days or even weeks afterwards; often with no real smell to alert you there is something in the air.

Asbestos

While asbestos is no longer used in the construction of new buildings, there are plenty of older builds that still have asbestos present. There are specially trained companies that can detect asbestos in a building or in the air. They can then properly remove the product without putting people at risk.

Proper ventilation is key when trying to maintain a healthy indoor air quality. Opening windows each day, running vent fans and reducing chemical exposure are all ways you can protect your health and the health of those around you. Whether you take a good look at the cleaning products you are using in your home or the structural integrity of the building, maintaining a healthier indoor air is ideal.

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