Prevention of Fungal Infections

There are two main approaches to preventing fungal infection. One is to avoid contact with the organism. This can be achieved by not sharing hats, combs, brushes, or other objects, especially when fungus infections are present. Wearing flip-flops or shoes in locker rooms, public showers, and around swimming pools can help reduce contact with athlete's foot fungus.

The other approach is managing the environment to avoid enhancing fungus growth. Reduce moisture and humidity on the skin by drying it thoroughly and by changing sweaty clothes and socks. Cleaning or discarding infected objects and garments also helps prevent recurrences.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Aug 2000

Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015