Toenail fungus makes your nails look yellow, thick, and deformed. It would be embarrassing to wear open toed footwear such as sandals or flip flops. It can also get uncomfortable when you wear shoes. The infection can go unnoticed when it starts and can be difficult to treat as it gets worse. It is in your best interest to take care of your feet and avoid getting a fungal nail infection.
Here are simple tips to Prevent Toenail Fungus
- Keep your Feet Clean and Dry. Dry feet and nails are less likely to collect fungus. Wash your feet with soap and water everyday and dry them completely with a towel. Fungus thrives in dark, damp environments, making sweaty feet in socks and shoes a perfect place to harbor fungi. If you have sweaty feet, make sure to change your socks frequently. Don’t re-wear socks that have not been washed yet.
- Don’t go barefoot in public. Fungus can be present in the environment, especially in damp, warm places. It can also spread from person to person. Places like public pools, showers, and gym locker rooms are the most common places to find fungus. Make sure to wear flip flops or some kind of foot wear to protect your feet and toes from the fungus that might be lurking on the floors.
- Wear the right shoes. Shoes that are too tight can cause trauma to the nails. Too much pressure on the toes may crack or move the nail around creating space between the nail plate and the nail bed. The spaces or cracks caused by the repeated trauma on the nails gives room for fungus to grow. Make sure to wear the correct size of shoe too prevent the fungus infecting your nails.
If you see signs of toenail fungus, don’t wait and let it get worse. Contact us to schedule a Free consultation with one of our doctors. Laser Nail Therapy is the largest toenail fungus treatment center in the US. We have a clinic in Agoura Hills, California and in over 70 cities across the States.