Nothing is more maddening than a crazy itch on different parts of the body. Summer brings with it a plethora of skin infections, especially ringworm like issues. These rashes are usually more common in people with sensitive skin or those prone to bacterial or fungal skin problems. The skin is the largest organ in the human body; it is also through this organ that we come in contact with elements around us, thereby attracting lumps, bumps, scaly rashes and other irritating and uncomfortable summer skin problems.
Here are 7 proven ways of stopping common skin infections including ringworm this summer:
- If you have an itch, determine the cause of it- Skin itchiness can have multiple causes ranging from insect bites, to ringworm to allergic dermatitis to yeast. If the itch is severe, get it looked at by a doctor. For minor itches, go in for over-the-counter hydrocortisone etc. If the itch does not go away, determine the cause of it. Sometimes, the causes may be simple but in other cases they could get complicated.
- Evaluate the rash- Rashes like heat rash can give rise to a burning itch while ringworm rashes tend to be scaly, dry and irritating. The latter is highly contagious, owing to its ability to spread to other body parts as well as to other healthy people around you. If this is the case, make sure you apply antifungal creams on the rash.
- Avoid sharing personal items– whatever the cause of the itch, make sure you do not share personal items like clothes, combs, socks, brushes, towels etc. This spreads the ringworm spores and can put your friends/ family members at risk. Make sure you wash all personal items, especially clothes, in very hot water to kill the fungal spores.
- Avoid poison ivy– Poison ivy leads to blisters that are swollen, warm to touch and also very itchy. To treat poison ivy rash, make sure you wash the skin that has come in contact with the plant. Apply topical OTC hydrocortisone cream. If the rash covers more than 10% of the body, have it checked by the dermatologist.
- Is it a Yeast infection?– Yeast infections are particularly common in the summer months and more so in women who have been taking antibiotics, contraceptive pills etc. Yeast infections cause itchiness in the groin region similar to Jock Itch or tinea infection of the groin in men. Additionally, a yeast infection leads to smelly discharge, and painful burning itchy sensation in the vaginal area. The best way to stop the itch occurring due to Yeast infection is to eat plenty of probiotic foods and use anti-fungal creams.
- Athlete’s Foot– This is a common summer time ringworm infection that affects the feet. People who tend to wear sweaty socks for longer periods of time tend to get recurring Athlete’s Foot rash. The best way to stop the itch from such ringworm rash is to apply anti fungal creams every few hours. One must also wash the feet and keep them clean dry by removing the socks from time to time. Airing out the feet in this manner can help reduce fungal growth. If the rash persists or recurs, your doctor might prescribe oral antifungal pills.
- Hives– Hives is another common reason behind itchy skin in summer. Insect bites, pollen, certain foods can all lead to hives. For calming such rashes, take some Benadryl or other over-the-counter antihistamine. If hives lead to other symptoms like swelling of face, tongue etc make sure you see the doctor immediately.
These are the 7 most effective ways of stopping common skin rashes like ringworm in their tracks.