The most occurring hand fungus is Tineamanuum, which is also known as ring worm fungus, as it appears to be in the shape of a ring on the hands, palm, or in between fingers. Yeast infection on hands is caused by the fungus called dermatophytes. They are similar to other kind of dermatophytosis infections of the skin.
Our skin is generally tough and composed of cells that do not allow fungus to enter into a healthy skin. But when the skin is unhealthy or there is a small cut in the skin and the skin is unable heal itself fast, many bacteria and fungus can settle in our skin, which can lead to cases of yeast infection on hands.
Other type of skin infection caused by fungus such as Candida yeast is also common. Although Candida occurs mostly is other parts of the body it is also susceptible to hands. The symptoms of a Candida yeast infection may be similar to it occurring in skin folding and in-between toes. It is generally found that this fungus is already present on our skin but sometimes overgrowth of this fungi may cause infection if precaution is neglected. However, it is not a very serious infection and can be treated using natural remedies. Candida yeast infection on hands also affect the same way as dermatophytes, they enter and accumulate through cuts or skin breakdown.
How Can One Get Yeast Infection on Hands?
A person having dermatophytes in other parts of the body is likely to develop the same infection in hands.
A person in contact to another person with hand fungal infection, such as handshake.
A person who sweats excessively or has other kind of yeast infection
A person with diabetes
A person working in wet condition most of the time
The most common symptoms are rashes, redness of skin, itchiness and even patch formation. In some severe cases blisters may form. Candida yeast infection on hands is most common in infants, due mainly to lower immunity, which makes them more prone to these infections, but with proper care one can overcome these infections.
In case of dermatophytes, dry peeling skin, red borders, tiny blisters in circular formation, itching and burning sensation is common.
Recently a study was conducted to see if hand carriage of Candida occurs in hospital after using antimicrobial disinfectant. Since all the hospital personnel are dealing with different patients, yeast infection on hands could get transferred through their hands to other patients. In this study, eight hospital personnel were included in the study. The subjects were divided into 4 groups according to 4 categories of hand sterilizers. 1. Hand rubbing with alcohol based solution. 2. Hand washing with chlorhexidinegluconate. 3. Hand washing with povidone-iodine and 4. Hand washing with plain soap and water. The hands of each person were tested using broth wash technique. The result was very obvious. The hand carriage risk of Candida yeast was very less in alcohol based solution, chlorhexidinegluconate and povidone-iodine than the subjects who washed their hands in soap and water. It was concluded that use of antimicrobial was more effective than any other hand wash. This whole study just shows the importance of keeping the hands clean with the use of antimicrobial hand washes gels to keep the Candida at bay on the hands. Also, one must ensure they dry their hands properly after washing as the Candida infection usually thrives in moist environments.
Diagnosis and treatment:
Yeast infection on hands needs the same attention as that of dermatophyte infection in other parts of the body. Diagnosis may include fungal culture and a biopsy test. Antifungal treatment on a continuous basis may completely eradicate the fungi within 4 to 6 weeks. Both oral and tropical treatments may be recommended by doctors.
In case of Candida yeast infection on hands, the treatment can be done at home. Best way to treat signs of Candida is to keep a healthy natural diet and good immune system. Keeping clean hands and dry will stop the Candida fungus from multiplying. Reducing sugar level from your diet would be recommended. Also eating food with less starch and carbohydrates will help in starving the Candida fungus from multiplying. Doctor’s recommended antifungal cream; lotions and powder will also help kill the infection. It must be remembered that the use of harsh soap is not recommended as that would damage the skin enabling the Candida fungus to grow. Few over-the-counter drugs such as ketoconazole and clotrimazole are also available in pharmaceutical shops. But on the whole, the best way to keep away from yeast infection is to maintain good hygiene and follow a balanced diet.
Common Information About Candida Infections:
Candida albicans is a very ubiquitous microorganism which abides in about 80% of the human population. Typically Candida albicans thrives in the gastrointestinal tract and mouth; a common part of the gut microbiota. Most carriers of Candida albicans develop no symptoms or health maladies at all. It is only when this opportunistic pathogen is given the right conditions will a Candida infection become imminent.
The right conditions typically occur due to anything that: removes helpful bacterial flora in the body, provides more food for Candida albicans, or causes the pH of the vagina to become less acidic. This gives this rightly named “opportunistic” pathogen an opportunity to attack the human body. What causes the aforementioned changes is typically these reasons:
1. Antibiotic regimens can cause the friendly bacteria in the vagina and intestines to die off, leaving more resources for Candida albicans to utilize. Without the helpful microbiota to keep Candida albicans in check, a yeast infection soon starts.
2. Hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy can cause a yeast infection. Pregnancy can modify the vagina’s pH and cause more blood sugar (i.e. food for yeast) to be present in the blood. With more food and an environment with a more tolerable pH, this opportunistic pathogen quickly invades.
3. A weak immune system can occasionally become unable to fight Candida. People infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) sometimes experience severe yeast infection.
4. Hormonal changes brought on by the menstrual process can also give Candida albicans a better environment to thrive in as well.
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Candida – 1998 – Book by Simon Martin