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Fungal infections of the skin

Fungal skin infections are caused by microscopic organisms that tend to thrive in dark, moist, warm environments.

Types of fungal skin infections

These include:

Preventing fungal skin infections

Although fungal skin infections can be common, there are steps that can be taken to help prevent infection.

Spotting the early signs of infection is important to allow early treatment and preventative steps to be taken.

General tips include never sharing towels, hair-brushes or combs that could carry fungi. Washing clothes and bed linen frequently is also important to help remove fungi.

Preventive steps for athlete's foot include wearing shower sandals in public showering and changing room areas.

Wearing shoes that allow the feet to breathe can help, as can wearing socks made from natural materials.

Daily washing of the feet with soap and water is important.

Drying the feet thoroughly and using a medicated talc can also help.

Alternating different pairs of shoes during the week can give them time to dry out, making them less appealing to fungi.

In most cases, jock itch treatment involves keeping the groin area clean and dry.

Tips to prevent fungal infections of the skin

  • Wash and dry the affected area with a clean towel
  • Apply the antifungal cream, powder or spray as directed
  • Change out of sweaty workout clothes as soon as possible
  • Change clothes - especially underwear - every day

WebMD Medical Reference

Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on March 15, 2017

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