You may be noticing that many people around you are catching nail fungus, particularly as the weather warms up. The fact that seemingly healthy people are catching nail fungus may make your panic mount, and as such you, much like the rest of the world, want to know – what is the secret to keeping nail fungus away? What is the one trick that will save me from fungal infections? The secret is actually the simplest, most intuitive thing you can imagine – personal hygiene! 

The role of personal hygiene in preventing nail fungus is vital and irreplaceable, as is the fact with any other viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. However, since the nature of nails is different from say, the skin, personal hygiene does not look exactly the same in preventing nail fungus. For example, for most infections of the skin or internal organs or cells, personal hygiene mainly consists of taking showers and constantly washing your hands. While these are important to prevent nail fungus as well, they are not sufficient. 

Nail fungus infections develop when fungus is able to penetrate under the nail on the nail bed, from where the fungus grows and reproduces, then infects the nail. Fungus grows and thrives most in dark and damp conditions, and this holds true for dermatophytes as well, which are the group of fungus that causes nail fungus. So, personal hygiene in preventing nail fungus addresses this. Besides the obvious of keeping your hands and feet clean and washing them frequently and before bed, you must also keep them dry to avoid the aforementioned damp environment. Since shoes and socks can get sweaty, try to avoid wearing the same shoes everyday and always have clean socks, and make sure to wear footwear in public places. 

If you have caught nail fungus, it can be easily treated using the FDA-approved PinPointe laser, which typically only takes on treatment. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors. We have over 120 clinics nationwide, including Charlotte, NC.