Preventing fungal skin infections
Good hygiene practices can help reduce the risk of you getting a fungal infection and help stop it from recurring. Follow these good skin hygiene tips to help protect your skin against fungal infections:
Keep your skin clean and dry. As fungi thrive in warm and damp environments, keeping your skin clean and dry helps to keep the fungi under control. Make sure you wash regularly, especially after exercise and on hot days. After washing, dry yourself thoroughly, paying careful attention to the areas such as skin folds and in between your toes.
Wear clean clothes. Make sure you change out of sweat soaked clothes, socks and shoes immediately after exercise or on hot days as they are the perfect environment for fungi to thrive. The same is true for bedsheets which collect moisture as you sweat during the night – change them regularly to prevent fungi from growing.
Don’t share personal items like bedsheets, clothes and towels. As fungal skin infections are highly contagious it’s always best to use your own clothes, towels and personal items. Fungal spores are passed between people through direct skin contact and by sharing objects such as towels, hairbrushes and bedding.
Take extra care when you are in communal areas. The fungi that cause athlete’s foot and fungal nail are often spread in communal changing areas like swimming pools, gyms, and showers. To prevent catching fungal infections in these places, it’s always advisable to be extra careful. Make sure you always wear flip flops in communal showers and pools. You should also bring your own towel that you wash and dry at home after use in a communal area.