Treatment of fungal infection
Treatment of fungal infection may include:
- 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
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.