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Fungi is all around us. You can’t avoid it no matter what you do. This isn’t normally a problem as healthy skin acts as a barrier that protects us from it. However, some conditions may weaken the skin and make it more susceptible to fungal infections. These include minor scratches and softness from being wet for long periods of time.
If you have an active lifestyle, you may be more prone to fungal infections as fungi can stay in the shared equipment found in gyms.
You can also catch ringworm or buni in warm and wet surfaces like locker rooms, saunas, pools, shared yoga mats, or unwiped gym benches.
That’s why it’s very important to wipe down any shared equipment, and to always bring a fresh change of clothes. You should also try to cover up any part of your skin with scratches or open wounds, as these are more prone to fungal infections as well.
To help avoid getting athlete’s foot, use foot powder before a workout to minimize sweating inside your socks.
But even if you do most of your workouts alone, you can never avoid fungal infections completely. And that’s okay. Fungi is easy to deal with. Just apply Clotrimazole (Canesten®) to the affected area 2-3x a day for 2-4 weeks, and you’ll soon get rid of them.
If you are pregnant or elderly, a doctor can advise you if you can use an antifungal medication or recommend an alternative treatment option.