As you may know, nail fungus is a very common infection that is treated by podiatrists all around the world. One of the reasons it is so widespread is because, unlike other infections such as the common cold, people don’t usually think about it much before they become infected. This means that they don’t make much effort to prevent it before it’s too late. While nail fungus is sadly not completely preventable, there are certainly ways to help decrease your chances of becoming infected.
One big thing you can do to prevent yourself from becoming infected is 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, it is possible, perhaps even likely 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 don’t want others to know about their ugly infection so they keep it a secret, even from their own relatives. In cases like these, it is difficult for family members to know that they should stay away from the infected individual.
If you really want to prevent yourself from becoming infected with nail fungus, there are a couple of things you should think about. First, toenail fungus thrives in moist places. For this reason, you should keep your feet as dry as you can. 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.
Second, as you now undoubtedly 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. Eating right and staying active, while also changing your socks, will definitely decrease your chances of becoming infected with nail fungus.