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Fungal infections are common and widespread, and extremely persistent. Fungus are responsible for a variety of skin conditions including ringworm, athlete`s foot, jock itch, and many nail and scalp infections. Many are recurrent conditions, and can be frustrating to deal with. If you think that you may be infected, visit a doctor for treatment. The questions and answers below should provide you with a guide for preventing or managing a fungal infection. For more information, visit

Is Ringworm caused by burrowing worms?

Ringworm has nothing to do with worms. The name is simply taken due to the rings shaped patches of red that have the vague appearance of worms. Ringworms are actually a fungal infection, which produce a red, scaly patches over the upper body, the hands, or the feet. Those that are involved in contact sports such as rugby and wrestling are especially prone to ringworm, as well as those who have a suppressed immune system. If you have ringworm, visit a doctor to get it treated, as it is contagious.

What is Jock Itch?

Jock itch is a fungal infection of the groin area, and is more common in warm climates. Jock itch produces a red and brown rash that is scaly. Small blisters and pustules are also common. If you have jock itch, seek treatment as soon as possible as it can spread to other areas of the body such as the buttocks and lower abdomen.

What can I do to prevent jock itch?

Most fungal infections can be prevented by common sense measures. Daily washing of the groin area helps keep the groin clean. Similarly, underwear should be changed on a daily basis. Drying your feet first before drying your groin area increases the chance of spreading the fungus so be careful to wash the towels regularly too.

Are Hot Tubs safe?

Public saunas, spas and hot tubs are ideal environments for fungal organisms to grow and multiply. They prefer moist warm climates, and these all provide just that. Check your nails regularly for irregularities. The toenails are seven times more likely to sustain a fungal infection than the fingernails.

How do I prevent nail infections?

Nail infections generally start on the skin level first, before infecting the nails. Reducing your exposure to fungus can greatly reduce your chances of getting infected. Simple precautions include wearing flip flops when using public showers. Socks that contain acrylic are also good against fungus, as the socks will absorb a lot of sweat and moisturizers from the feet.

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