You probably know this by now, but nail fungus is a very common infection. One reason why it is so common is because, unlike other common infections such as a simple cold, people don’t usually think about it much. Or at least they don’t think about it much before they become infected. This means that they don’t make much of an effort to prevent a nail fungus infection before it’s too late. While nail fungus is not 100% preventable, there are a few ways that you could increase your chances of preventing it from infecting you.
First of all, you will want to keep your feet away from anyone you know who already has toenail fungus. Toenail fungus is highly contagious so if one person has it is possible that it will spread to other people. It is even more likely if you’re someone who already lives with an infected person. Unfortunately, people with toenail fungus often keep it a secret since they don’t want other people to know about their ugly feet. In scenarios like these, it is difficult for family members to know that they should stay away from the infected individual.
Second, if you really want to prevent yourself from becoming infected with nail fungus, there is something that you’ll want to keep in mind. Toenail fungus thrives in moist places. For this reason, you should keep your feet as dry as possible. If you tend to sweat a lot and prefer to wear closed toe shoes, change your socks a few times throughout a day. Better yet, wear open toe shoes instead. Open toe shoes help your feet breathe, which could minimize your risk of becoming infected with toenail fungus risk.
Finally, as you now certainly realize, nail fungus is an infection. Like any infection, the healthier you are the better your immune system will be at fighting the infection. Nail fungus infections are no different. Staying active and eating right, while also changing your socks, will definitely increase your chances of preventing nail fungus from infecting you now and in the future.