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What is Tinea?

Tinea is name of the fungus which causes a variety of infections like ringworm, jock itch and athlete’s foot. Tinea skin infection can be defined as an infection that affects various parts of the human body causes discomfort and itching. Although these infections are not really dangerous or serious, they can cause serious discomfort. Interestingly, tinea infections can be spread from one person to another by merely touching the infected person. Damp corners of gyms or even the floors of public showers can give you a tinea infection.

Types of Tinea

There are various types of tinea, depending on which part of the body has been affected. If you suffer from ringworm this is noticed on any part of your body. Ringworm tinea causes the skin to develop a red rash. This red rash is in the form of a circle. There is a small patch of normal skin inside the circle. If you develop scalp ringworm, then you will notice red patches of skin on your scalp. These patches can be very itchy. When you are affected by scalp ringworm, you will find that you have some bald patches on your scalp. In the case of Athlete’s foot, you will find that the skin between your toes is affected. This skin feels itchy and you may also experience a burning here. When you notice an itching sensation in your groin, then you have Jock itch.

Tinea can be treated by eating at least two cloves garlic every single day. Garlic has very good anti bacterial properties which help fight these infections. Your diet should be healthy and should comprise if vegetables, whole grains and plenty of yogurt should be consumed. You should ensure that you do not give in to temptation and scratch the infection. If you have scalp infection, then you should ensure that your hairbrush and combs are kept separate to avoid spreading the infection. If you have athlete’s foot, then you should take extra precautions. You should ensure that your feet are kept clean. Wash them after you have been wearing shoes. Ensure that you dry them well, so that there are no wet areas between the toes. Avoid wearing socks and shoes throughout the day. If possible, allow your feet to breathe by wearing flip flops. If you have to wear socks, ensure that they are cotton socks. Your shoes should not be very tight since this will only aggravate the infection. Tinea skin is very delicate and should not be irritated.