Athlete's foot, jock itch, yeast infection and ringworm are common types of fungal infections of the skin. Understanding the cause of each of these infections and which risk factors may increase one's chances of developing symptoms is helpful in preventing fungal infections and avoiding spreading them to others.
Locker Rooms, Showers and Public Pools
Most fungi thrive in warm, damp areas. Locker rooms, public showers and public pools are ideal environments for fungi and it is in these areas that fungus is often spread. Avoiding these environments or taking the proper precautions such as wearing shower shoes while in these areas may be helpful in preventing fungal infections.
Summer and Warm Climates
Because fungi thrive in warm environments, the summer months see a rise in fungal infections. Those living in warm climates are also more prone to fungal infections, so those living in these climates should be sure to take the proper precautions in avoiding fungal infections.
Sharing Personal Items
Sharing personal items is a common way to spread fungal infections to others. Beyond direct physical contact with another person, fungal infections may be spread by sharing towels, shoes, socks, bed sheets and other personal items. Make sure that you use a clean towel and that bed sheets are washed and clean before use. Avoid sharing socks and shoes with others.
Other Risk Factors
Those with weakened immune systems may be more susceptible to fungal infections. Moist, sweaty skin may also increase one's chances of developing fungal infections.
If you have damaged skin or openings in your skin such as cuts, scrapes or abrasions, you may be at a greater risk of developing fungal infections, as fungi may enter the skin through these openings.
If you have a fungal infection, avoid contact with others and do not share your personal items with other people. Studies show that most adults will have a fungal infection at some time in their life. Various treatments exist that have been proven successful in relieving fungal infections. Talk to a skincare professional for more information about fungal infections and the best way to avoid them.