Dermatophytosis primary prevention

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Syed Hassan A. Kazmi BSc, MD [2]


Effective measures for the primary prevention of dermatophytosis include avoiding sharing clothing, sports equipment, towels or sheets of infected individuals. Washing clothes worn by infected individuals with fungicidal soap and avoiding infected pets.

Primary Prevention

Primary prevention of dermatophytosis includes the following steps:[1]

  • Avoid sharing clothing, sports equipment, towels, or sheets.
  • Washing clothes in hot water with fungicidal soap after suspected exposure to ringworm.
  • Avoid walking barefoot; instead wear appropriate protective shoes in locker rooms and sandals at the beach.
  • After being exposed to places where the potential to be infected is great, one should wash with an antibacterial and anti-fungal soap or one that contains tea tree oil, which contains terpinen-4-ol.
  • Avoid touching pets with bald spots as they are often carriers of the fungus.


  1. "People at Risk for Ringworm | Ringworm | Types of Diseases | Fungal Diseases | CDC".

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