Toenail Fungus Prevention Tips
1. Whenever possible, get your feet out of sweaty shoes and socks and keep them dry. Fungus loves to grow in warm damp environments and having your nails surrounded by such elements increases risk significantly. If necessary, bring an extra pair of socks to work and change in the middle of the day.
2. Use a dry foot powder to help keep your feet dry while and/or after you are exercising. A generic foot powder like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder will help absorb some of the moisture that creates the opportune breeding ground for fungal agents.
3. Always wear sandals, shower shoes or flip-flops in places like public showers, locker rooms, and pools. It is completely impossible to know if the ground you are walking barefoot on in such places is clean and free from fungus so why take a chance?4. Never share your nail clippers with anyone. Although taking this step may seem like overkill, it is a critical way to lower your risk of contracting a toenail fungus infection. Fungal agents will reside on the ends of your clippers and will be transferred from one person to another easily when placed near or around a clean nail bed. This is why nail salons are required by law to sterilize all of their tools between manicure/pedicure appointments.
5. Wear socks that will allow your feet to breath3, such as those made from natural fibers like cotton. If your feet sweat profusely, give them ample time to dry out during the day by walking outside of your office to remove your shoes and/or changing socks if necessary.
6. Do not wear toenail polish if you are currently suffering with a nail fungus infection. If you begin treatment with a topical solution, toenail polish can only impede and slowdown the time it takes for a solution to get to the infected regions in and around the nail bed.
7. Always keep your nails trimmed short so that you minimize the risk of prying the nail upward and causing injury to the nail bed which in turn allows the fungus to grow underneath the nail.
8. Although it is not our place to suggest major changes in habit, people who smoke cigarettes regularly are at a much higher risk for contracting a fungal infection. It’s the truth.
9. If you think that you might have a nail fungus infection, seek medical advice from a podiatrist or medical professional. The sooner a case of nail fungus is diagnosed, the better the chances are that it can be fully eliminated.
10. Do not delay in the treatment of your toenail fungus. As the toenail fungus infection continues to strengthen, it becomes exponentially more difficult to treat. If you suspect you have toenail fungus, find a reputable toenail fungus treatment and begin treatment immediately!