Ever felt itchiness in your armpits that doesn’t go away even after washing the area? Or have you noticed red and scaly rashes that develop in your underarm leaving you irritated and worried? Chances are that you may have developed an underarm fungal infection.
Fungal infection of the skin like ringworm, jock itch and athlete’s foot develop in dark, moist, and warm areas like the foot, groin, scalp, and also the armpits. If not treated on time, the infection can spread to other parts of the body. Relatively easier to treat, fungal infection takes few weeks to completely heal.
Few preventive tips like the ones mentioned below can save you from developing a fungal infection on the underarm, or in case you have one will help you heal faster:
– Do not share personal clothing items like towels with other people. You never know who may have an infection, which can spread through these clothes.
– Look for similar symptoms on your body to ensure the infection has not spread anywhere, or is not coming from an already infected part.
– Whether you sweat a lot or not, make sure to clean the armpits at least twice a day and dry it well. Do not let your underarms stay wet for a long time. Better still, change your clothes.
– Wear breathable, loose fitting fabrics like cotton that do not hold sweat for long, and promote ventilation.
– If you already have rashes on your underarms, avoid using deodorants and other fragrances to ease the irritation.
– Use an over-the-counter topical anti-fungal cream like Ring-Out in case you develop a fungal infection. Wash and dry the underarm, and then apply a small quantity of this cream for faster results.
Fungal infections do not stay for long and can be easily treated. Make sure you follow these preventive measures for both, to keep infections at bay, and to heal sooner.