Diabetes can be behind persistent fungal infection

  • Aditi Goel, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 06, 2016 15:46 IST
Compared to previous year, this time fungal infections are on a rise. (Photo: Shutterstock)

With the rising temperatures and scorching heat in the city, what might have become an unavoidable condition is the prickly heat and skin problems occurring these days. While most of the skin infections are healed through temporary solutions, what might take a toll on your health is a persistent fungal infection prevalent on your skin.

The fungal infection commonly observed in an ‘intertriginous region” of your body, like armpits, between fingers and toes in the form of red rashes, cracking, soreness and scaling.

“Noticing a flaky skin under my armpit, even after a month long medication, made me visit the doctor, who to my distress suggested me to get my blood sugar levels tested. Hardly did I know, that the test would give me a shock of my life as it detected 243 blood sugar level in my report. So the persistent fungal infection was due to the uncontrolled blood sugar levels, which had been unknown to me all this while,” said 23 year old Rajat Kathuria.

To this, Dr Anil Talwar, a consultant dermatologist added, “Compared to previous year, this time fungal infections are on a rise, with as many as 5-6 patients per day are observed with fungal infections and it needs proper medication. While the healing generally takes around a month or so, what is even alarming is the revival of that infection again after the treatment.”

“While the problem generally occurs in the young school going students, gym goers and women, the ones who need special care are the diabetic patients. Albeit, this year approximately 4-5 cases were seen per month whom I checked and detected diabetic, after the persistent fungal infection.”

Claiming for a 10-15 % hike in the number of patients this year, assistant professor department of dermatology, Dr Vidhushi Malhotra said, “Such infections are not to be taken lightly as it usually takes 1-2 months for the treatment. However, excessive infection and patients within age group of late 40’s, need to get examined.”

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