Prevention of recurrent fungal infections

The doctor can provide the suitable treatment for skin fungal infections that occur on the nails, feet, groin, hands and other locations. Unluckily, there is likelihood for fungal infections to recur in some individuals even after effective clearing with medications. This is usually depends on the individual since some are prone to allergies and certain conditions. Understandably, some are simply prone to recurrent fungal infections.

The tendency for fungus to recur in many adults particularly on the feet and toenails is considered as a genetic condition. The skin could not recognize the fungus as foreign and eliminate it. After a fungal infection, the immune system learns to live with the fungus and no longer attempts to eliminate it.

It is important to note that children rarely develop fungal infections on the feet, particularly before reaching 5 years old. Their bodies still respond dynamically to the fungus. On the other hand, they are more prone to develop it on the scalp.

Recurrent fungal infections

You should always keep the feet clean, dry and cool. Do not forget to change socks and use shoes that allow the feet to “breathe” such as leather.


Remember that fungus is around us and it is difficult to avoid them completely. Fungus thrives best in warm and moist environments which makes certain parts of the skin at risk.

Fungus is a superficial skin issue and does not spread by going inside the body. Do not use cortisone cream since it will promote the spread of the fungus. The rash will start to subside at first but will later on spread out and recur.

Fungus releases spores that wait for the right moment to grow into new fungus. The usual places for these spores to gather are shoes. After an effective treatment, a fungal infection can recur quickly once spores are present. It is recommended to use absorbent wool or cotton socks.

Preventive measures

  • Always use the prescribed medication as instructed. The fungus might still be present long after it is no longer visible as a rash.
  • You should always keep the feet clean, dry and cool. Do not forget to change socks and use shoes that allow the feet to “breathe” such as leather.
  • The shoes used should properly fit and not too tight.
  • You can apply an anti-fungal cream or a prescription anti-fungal cream on the base of the feet as well as on the nails for about a week. This will help prevent early re-growth of fungus. In some cases, oral medications can be given.
  • The individual should not walk barefoot particularly in gyms, locker rooms, carpeted areas, bathrooms and public bath areas. Always use slippers or simply stand on a towel.
  • The toenails must be short and trimmed straight across in order to avoid ingrown nails. Remember not to use the same clippers on abnormal nails on the normal nails.
  • Apply an anti-fungal powder on the shoes on a daily basis in order to prevent spores from growing.
  • Dispose old boots, shoes, sneakers and slippers. Avoid sharing footwear with others.
  • If an individual has body fungus in the groin or in any part of the skin, it is best to use an anti-dandruff shampoo twice a month. Allow to lather and leave on the skin for 5 minutes and wash completely.


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