prevention of common superficial fungal infections

tinea pedis/cruris and toenail onychogryphosis

  • keep affected areas clean, cool & dry
    • dry skin thoroughly, wear clean 100% cotton socks & non-occlusive/breathable footwear
    • change underwear daily
  • wear well-fitting shoes that reduce pressure or trauma to the foot
    • choose shoes with wide to box, avoid narrow-toed shoes and high heels
  • protect feet by wearing thongs around swimming pools and communal bathing areas
  • keep toenails short and use a second clipper to cut the infected nail(s)
  • recognise and treat tinea pedis (athlete's foot) early to avoid spreading to the toenail

fingernail onychogryphosis

  • keep hands and fingernails dry and clean
  • avoid biting or picking at fingernails
  • wear cotton-lined rubber gloves if immersing hands in water frequently or for prolonged periods
  • avoid artificial nails or nail varnish on affected nails

tinea capitis

  • avoid sharing towels, hairbrushes, combs and hats
  • treat affected contacts and animals
  • disinfect bedding and hair care items


fungal_prevention.txt · Last modified: 2008/12/09 09:28 (external edit)