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Prevention of Fungal Infections

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It's important to understand that although fungal infections are annoying and can cause some discomfort, you don't need to miss school or work. However, care should be taken to minimize skin-to-skin contact with others.

What to do about skin, nail or hair infections?

Athletes foot

  • Wear flip-flops in changing areas.
  • Use antifungal sprays or powders in shoes and feet.
  • Dry the feet and between the toes last after a shower to prevent spread to other parts of the skin.
  • Avoid tight or closed footwear especially in warm climates.
  • Change socks daily. Cotton socks keep the feet cooler.
  • Wash towels daily.

Jock itch (groin infection)

  • Wash the groin daily. Dry the skin carefully after bathing.
  • Do not dry the feet before the groin to reduce the risk of spreading fungus from the feet.
  • Change underwear daily.
  • Wash towels daily.

Ringworm (skin infection)

  • Ringworm on the body can either spread from fungus elsewhere on the skin or from animals. It can also spread from contact with others.

Nail infection

  • An infected toenail is common but there won't always be symptoms.
  • You may see a thickening of the nail, which can be uncomfortable when it rubs against footwear.
  • You may also see an infection of the skin, especially the web space between the outer toes.

Scalp infection

  • An infection of the scalp would show an increase of fungus.
  • It can be spread to others in the same family, or at school.
  • There is no need to keep children out of school but combs and head wear should not be shared with other children.
  • There is always a risk of the infection being spread from pets.