Go to the doctor. On the one hand, it will differentiate the appearance of other scaly or infectious skin diseases and, on the other hand, will secure the diagnosis with a microscopic examination of scales shaved off with a scalpel. If fungi are visible under the microscope, they are sent to the laboratory and cultivated there on a culture. This allows the exact pathogen to be determined and the therapy to be coordinated.
Treatment with drugs
As a rule, medications are necessary. It is usually sufficient to treat the affected area with a fungicidal agent in the form of cream, paste or spray. If there is a strong inflammation, this is previously brought to a close with tannins in the form of baths or wet envelopes.
In case of massive fungal attack or infestation of the nails, a so-called systemic therapy may be necessary, in which the fungicides are swallowed as a tablet and act from within. However, this is quite tedious and has potential side effects. If there is also a bacterial infection, the doctor may also prescribe antibiotics.
Treatment with home remedies
A treatment exclusively with home remedies helps little, supportive they can certainly be used:
- Ribwort plantain, horsetail or coltsfoot help against the inflammation. These medicinal plants are available at the pharmacy and can be mixed with water to form a slurry with which you can make envelopes (two to three times a day).
- Anti-inflammatory also acts the marigold - as an ointment, oil or essence.
- If you can do something with Schüßler Salts ©: take 10 tablets of # 3, 8 and 9 and 20 tablets of # 5 each day.