Prevention

Taking the steps listed below may help to reduce the risk of getting a fungal infection.

  • Dry your skin carefully after bathing.
  • Wear loose clothing whenever possible.
  • Avoid sharing clothing, towels, or other personal items with anyone.
  • Change socks or tights daily.
  • For athlete’s foot, alternate shoes every two or three days so that they have time to dry out.
  • Choose fabrics that allow the skin to "breathe" – natural fibers such as cotton are better than nylon or polyester.
  • For athletes, synthetic fibers that "wick" the sweat away from the body, helping to keep the skin dry, may be preferable.