What is Tinea?
Tinea is a fungal infection of the skin. The fungus disrupts the pigmentation of the skin, resulting in small and discolored patches.
Tinea is also a type of ringworm because the red patches on the skin appear like the shapes of the rings. But the cause is different types of fungi and not worms eventually. Tinea infections of the nails, feet, and genitals are often not called ringworms because the patches do not take the shape of rings. The most affected areas include moist areas of the body and hair.
Tinea versicolor is highly prevalent in young adults. Exposure to the sun may worsen patches on the skin even more. Tinea versicolor, which is known as pityriasis Versicolor, is not painful and does not spread easily. But in most cases, the stress can make you self conscious or bring a negative self-image.
Mostly your doctor will recommend antifungal creams to subside the patches. But even after successful treatment, the skin color may remain uneven unchanged for several weeks or months. So, we recommend our patients' ayurvedic remedies for the same.
Types of tinea versicolor
Different types of fungal may occur depending on the affected area of the body and may include:
- Athlete's foot (tinea pedis). As the name suggests, tinea affects the feet and between the toes. It may occur due to unhygienic practices such as not drying feet after bathing or swimming or sweating, or wearing tight socks and shoes.
- Nail infection (tinea unguium or onychomycosis). This is tinea in the toe or fingernails. The widespread signs include thickened, discolored, and deformed nails instead of a rash.
- Jock itch (tinea cruris). It is a condition seen more commonly in men and hardly in women. Jock itch is basically a fungal infection that causes red and itchy skin in moist areas of the body. The rash can be seen in the groin and inner thighs.
- Body ringworm (tinea corporis). It is a condition that results in a red rash on the body or the face. It is highly common in the areas of skin folds.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of tinea versicolor may occur differently in everyone depending on the type.
- Itching or burning on the feet
- Blisters on the feet
- Whitening and breakdown of the skin between the toes
- Scaling of the feet
Symptoms of jock itch (tinea cruris) may include:
- Red, ring-like patches in the moist area, including the groin and inner thighs
- Itching, pain and discomfort in the groin area
Symptoms of scalp ringworm (tinea capitis) may include:
- Red, scaly rash on the scalp
- Itching of the scalp
- Hair loss
- Increased size of lymph nodes
Symptoms of nail infection (tinea unguium, onychomycosis) may include:
- Thickening, discoloring, and deformity in the ends of the nails
- Yellow color to the nails
Symptoms of body ringworm (tinea corporis) may include:
- Red, ring-shaped patches with raised, scaly edges
The signs of tinea infection may look similar to any other health condition. Make sure to get yourself diagnosed before you jump to the treatment.
The yeast that triggers tinea versicolor called Malassezia may grow on normal and healthy skin. But the cause can also be factors that result in an infection:
- Oily skin
- Living in a hot weather
- Sweating in excess
- fluctuations in hormones
- A weakened immune system
Because the yeast grows naturally on your skin, you may not have it with one another. The condition can affect people of any skin color or tone.
For some people, it can be a cause of stress or low self-confidence or raise feelings of self-consciousness.
Ayurvedic treatment for Tinea Versicolor
Ayurveda related tinea versicolor with Sigma Kusta, but it is also related to Kushites. The imbalance in the doshas is the prime cause of any disease, and so in the case of tinea versicolor, it is addressed with reference to vitiated Kapha and Vata dosha. Kapha is mucus, while Vata is related to air and wind. So when the Vata is aggravated, it dries out the Kapha and manifests in the form of waste or Ama buildup.
This manifestation may allow Ama to build up deeper in the tissues or channels such as Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, and Lasik. This results in a number of skin conditions, including tinea versicolor.
Pitta is also involved in the occurrence of tinea versicolor as it symbolizes heat or fire. Thus, tinea versicolor is a tridosha, though primarily, Kapha and Vata are the main culprits.
There are procedures and therapies in Ayurveda that help patients get rid of toxins or waste substances in the body. Also, such therapies are involved in deep cleansing to activate your natural healing. This, as well, boosts your immune system function to pacify the aggravation of doshas. So, Ayurveda is one of the best remedial sciences to get away with various illnesses or conditions, including fungal infections.
At AyuKarma, we are dedicated to helping our patients with therapeutic healing procedures like Panchakarma. Our ayurvedic physicians are certified and proficient in rendering services that are best for your health.
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