Fungal skin infections can be found anywhere on your body, but most commonly found on your feet. If you’ve heard of the term “athlete’s foot” or ” Hong Kong foot”, it is basically an infection you get from wet and dirty places such as gym floors, wet shoes, showers etc. In some cases, it can be very irritating on your skin and can’t be simply washed off in the shower. It sometimes emits a foul smell as well. Fungal skin infections can be contagious and be transferred through wet towels, sweaty clothing and much more. There are a variety of causes which trigger fungal infections. These include:
- Weak immunity
- Direct contact with an infected person
- Tight clothing (which doesn’t allow to skin to dry off)
- Insufficient drying after a shower or workout
- Bathroom or gym showers
The main symptoms of fungal infections depends on the specific type of fungus you have. They can cause rashes all over your body and don’t subside over time. Some of them are red or itchy and in serious cases can be scaly. Some fungal infections may even appear on your scalp and cause hair loss. If you have a rash that doesn’t seem to go away, it is best to contact a medical doctor to diagnose your condition.
The best way to avoid fungus is to keep your body as dry as possible. After each and every shower, ensure that you dry yourself properly. Avoid sharing towels , clothing with people you are unfamiliar with and always wear loose fitting clothing that promotes airflow. Wearing clean shoes or slippers in a public shower is advisable. Switching shoes from time to time will also help avoid this problem.