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"Chlorhexidine" is considered a very effective and fast-acting agent in the fight against fungal infections of various origins, which does not harm human skin.
Why do we suffer from fungus?
Fungal diseases (mycoses) are not considered rare phenomena; a large number of people suffer from this scourge. The fungus of the skin and nails has been known to mankind since time immemorial. In the modern world, despite the great success of medicine in the fight and prevention of many serious and dangerous diseases, the prevalence of fungal infections among various infectious diseases occupies one of the leading places on the planet.
Infection with the fungus can occur as a result of household or sexual contact with its carrier. In addition, the fungus is transmitted through personal belongings or personal hygiene items. The risk of getting a fungus increases significantly with the age of a person, when his immunity weakens, the tone of the vessels of the legs changes and heart failure is diagnosed.
Often, people are embarrassed by the symptoms of fungal infection or do not consider it possible to contact a professional physician for advice and prescription of treatment, which is completely in vain. Launched fungal infections or attempts to get rid of the disease on their own usually do not lead to anything good. The diagnosis of lesions and the appointment of possible treatment should only be determined by a physician.
What is Chlorhexidine solution?
The medication is sold in pharmacies in the form of a solution without presenting a medical prescription. The concentration of the drug is 1% or 0.5%. For the treatment of the most common fungal infection of the feet and nails, in order to avoid getting burns of the skin, experts recommend using a product with a 0.5% concentration of the active substance. Also, a medicine with this concentration should be used for prophylactic purposes.
The disinfectant drug "Chlorhexidine" for prophylaxis should be used in the following situations:
- After all the activities in the pool and visiting other public places (sauna, steam bath, shower, gym). The fungus is very fond of humid and warm places;
- Severe sweating of the legs, uncomfortable tight shoes contribute to the damage to the nail and foot fungus of a person;
- In case of improper metabolism, diabetes mellitus, psoriasis, it is necessary to treat the legs with this medication 2 times a week;
- For prophylactic purposes, after direct contact with the hands of a person suffering from nail fungus.
It should be noted that many experts believe that "Chlorhexidine" alone cannot destroy the fungus. To be sure to cope with fungal infections of nails or skin, you will definitely need to use basic antifungal agents (special creams, sprays and ointments, as well as nail polish), and "Chlorhexidine" can be used as an additional aid.
The medication can have the best result in the prevention of the disease or in the detection of the first symptoms of the disease, when the area of the fungus is still insignificant. It is then that the drug can help and prevent microorganisms from spreading inward and outward of the body area.
Benefits of the drug
The drug has a wide range of uses. In addition to using the product in gynecology, for the treatment of purulent wounds, various diseases of the skin and mucous membranes, doctors advise using "Chlorhexidine" against microorganisms and bacteria of a fungal nature.
Other useful properties of the drug, doctors include the following:
- Antiseptic action;
- Antimicrobial and disinfectant effect.
A fresh solution of the medication must be applied directly to the site of the lesion. This should be done carefully and carefully. For the treatment of human skin and nails, it is recommended to use a 0.5% solution of the drug, a more concentrated liquid should be diluted with distilled water. To be sure to protect the skin from burns, it is best to use "Chlorhexidine Bigluconate".
The positive effect of the medicine can be enhanced if you steam your legs (arms) beforehand. In a hot water bath, it is advisable to add any herbs that have healing and disinfecting properties, for example, chamomile, sage, calendula, a string, or add a little soda. It is not recommended to use soap solutions in water, as "Chlorhexidine" interacts poorly with them.
After steaming the affected area, you should thoroughly blot it with a napkin and remove all moisture. If it is necessary to treat the affected nails with medication, they should be trimmed short and cleaned of dead and excess skin.
Next, you should lubricate the affected area with a cotton pad. You need to repeat the procedure 2-3 times a day. For the treatment of nails, dermatologists recommend making medical compresses with a medicine. To do this, take a small cotton pad, soak it abundantly with medication and apply it to the problem nail. The procedure should last at least 10 minutes, it should be repeated once a day. After removing the cotton pad, it is not recommended to wash off the solution remaining on the body, especially with soap.
How should the medication be used in the active stage of the disease
If the disease is started or has entered an active stage and progresses markedly, the drug "Chlorhexidine" should be used together with an antifungal cream or ointment, which should be prescribed to the patient by a dermatologist.
In addition, advanced cases of foot and nail diseases require mandatory disinfection of all footwear that is used by a person. For this cleansing procedure, you need to prepare protective gloves and a face mask, any of the preparations with "Chlorhexidine" (preferably with an active substance concentration of 1%), cotton pads.
Putting protective equipment on your hands and face, it is necessary to moisten the cotton wool abundantly with the preparation and carefully process the entire inner surface of the shoe and the insole on both sides, not forgetting about the processing of the toe of the shoe. For a guaranteed result, you can leave the cotton wool with the medicine in your shoes and close it in a plastic bag. After a day, the shoes can be taken out and well ventilated. This completes the shoe disinfection process.
Precautions when using the medication
"Chlorhexidine" is not toxic, therefore, experts prescribe its use for the treatment of nails affected by fungus in children and women expecting or nursing a child. There are practically no contraindications to the use of the drug. The only exception may be individual intolerance to the components of the medication, which is very rare.
There were no side effects when using "Chlorhexidine" either. The greatest danger can be caused by improper use of the solution or the incorrectly selected concentration of the liquid.
Care should be taken to ensure that the solution does not get into the eyes. If this happens, you must immediately rinse them with water or contact a specialist.
The treatment solution "Chlorhexidine" has been successfully helping to fight against fungal infections of the feet, hands and nails for over 60 years. But it is impossible to use it only as the main and only means of treatment.