Toenail fungus is unsightly, hard to get rid of, and often embarrassing. It’s definitely not a condition one would hope to encounter in their life. Luckily, there is an abundance of protective and preventive measures one can take to live life free of fungus. These are simple lifestyle changes you can take, and once you incorporate them you can go about your life without worrying about fungus!

The first, and most important thing to stay free of fungus, is shoe hygiene! This is especially important when you are an athlete. Athlete’s shoes and socks become damp and dark after physical activity, and are an amazing breeding ground for fungus! Immediately after physical activity, make sure to change your shoes and socks. Try and let your shoes air dry after sweating in them so they aren’t always damp. Never wear your socks more than one time, especially if you have used them to play sports! 

Additionally, choose footwear that is breathable to minimize the moisture content surrounding your feet. Don’t share shoes with anybody, even people that you know. This is important to stop the spread of fungus between people. Also avoid walking barefoot on communal surfaces, like changing rooms. Fungus can survive in these heavily trafficked areas and find a new home on your toes! Walking barefoot in these areas is a very simple way to catch the fungus; to stay free of fungus, use sandals when walking in these areas.

To stay free of fungus, it is also important to not share the tools you use to cut your toenails. Fungus can survive on the surface of these nail trimming tools. If you share them with someone who has the fungus, this is a very easy way to catch the infection!

While there are many ways to minimize risk of fungus, it is still very possible for a hygienic and careful person to catch it. If you think you have a toenail fungus, your best option for treatment is the PinPointe laser, which is FDA approved and works in just one treatment. To schedule a consultation for laser treatment, give us a call at 1-(800) 672-0625 or visit our website for more information.