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The healthier you are, the less likely you are to get a fungal infection. Remaining healthy through diet, rest and exercise is the first step in avoiding fungal infection.

Here are other steps you can take to remain fungus-free:

  • Keep your body clean.

  • Dry yourself well after showers and baths.

  • Shower immediately after athletic activities.

  • Wear loose clothing whenever possible.

  • Do not share clothing or towels with others; wash towels frequently.

  • Clean exercise equipment before use.

  • Wear sandals in the shower area at the gym and swimming pool.

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