How to Treat Flaky, Shiny Skin & Fungus

Updated April 17, 2017

Flaky, shiny skin and fungus could be psoriasis, eczema or fungus of the skin. Or, it could a combination of these skin conditions. Psoriasis and eczema involve dry, itchy, flaky and inflamed skin. Fungal infections, on the other hand, include ringworm, jock itch, athlete's foot and Candida skin infections. Many over-the-counter medications and alternative treatments offer ways to treat these skin conditions. However, you should consult your physician to detect and treat your condition properly.

Reduce flare-ups and itching with over-the-counter (non-prescription) anti-itch creams. One example is a lotion that contains lactic acid or urea. Look for those geared to eczema, psoriasis or fungal infections.

Remove items in your house that trap dust. This can include feather pillows, down comforters, mattresses and drapes. Having these items in your home can worsen your condition because skin conditions such as eczema relate to allergies.

Apply moisturisers regularly. Find a moisturiser that treats dry skin conditions. Use it two to three times a day, or as recommended by your doctor.

Exercise, meditate or vent to a friend. Having a healthy lifestyle helps reduce stress. The flare-ups associated with these skin conditions typically relate to stress, according to the Skin Treat website.

Use lotions, scrubs and ointments with tree oil. It kills has been used to treat all three skin conditions, according to the Skin Treat website. It kills the infectious organisms, bacteria and viruses that cause these conditions.

Apply a prescription strength topical lotion, cream or ointment. Use Mentax, Loprox, or Econazole to treat ringworm or fungal infections.

Take medications as prescribed by your doctor. This is especially important if your flare-ups and itching worsens. You may need to take oral corticosteroids, oral antihistamines, antibiotics, injections or a combination of them, depending on how bad your condition is.


Alert yourself of the possible side effects associated with oral medications. Consult your physician with any concerns or questions you have.

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