Treatment of fungal infection

Created 2003.


Introduction

Treatment of fungal infection may include:

General measures

  • Correct predisposing factors where possible.
  • Keep the affected skin clean and dry. Wash daily. Take care to dry between the toes and in the skin folds; use a hair dryer if necessary. Use your own towel.
  • Carefully clean the shower or bath using bleach.
  • Hot wash socks, towels, bathmats at a temperature of at least 60°C.
  • Regularly wash floors where you walk bare foot.
  • Use an antiseptic

To reduce reinfection

Fungal spores can survive long periods. The following measures can be used to reduce the chance of reinfection.

  • Do not share towels, sheets or personal clothing.
  • Avoid walking bare foot where others may tread - wear jandals, sandals or aquasocks at the public pools and sports changing rooms.
  • Avoid long periods wearing the same clothing, or wearing occlusive clothing such as wet weather gear and nylon pantyhose.
  • Wear open-toed sandals when possible. Avoid long periods in occlusive footwear such as gum boots or tramping boots.
  • Use antifungal foot powder containing ciclopirox, econazole, miconazole, tolciclate, tolnaftate or undecylenic acid. Sprinkle it in your shoes.
  • In the case of zoophilic fungal infections, infected animals should be identified and treated.

More information

New Zealand approved datasheets are the official source of information for these prescription medicines, including approved uses and risk information. Check the individual New Zealand datasheet on the Medsafe website.

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