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Can trichomycosis nodularis be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
An infection of trichomycosis nodularis can be prevented by avoiding exposure to the fungi that cause it and by practicing regular hygiene. The fungus that causes black piedra Piedra iahortae thrive in hot, humid environments and can be found in tropical areas such as South East Asia or South America. On the other hand, the fungus that causes white piedra Trichosporon beigelii thrives in more temperate environments, such as those found in Europe, Japan, Asia, and the Southern United States. Both types of fungi can be found in stagnant water, soil, air, and on the skin of animals or humans. Although avoiding contact with these areas can prevent exposure to these types of fungi, sometimes that is not an option. The best way to prevent an infection of trichomycosis nodularis is to maintain a habit of hygiene. This prevents any fungus you come in contact with from reproducing on hair fibers.

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