Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is one of the countless infections that people could suffer from. Some people who have nail fungus end up having it for years, or even for the rest of their lives. Sometimes this is because they don’t think they can get rid of it. Other times it’s because they just try one toenail fungus treatment and decide to give up after it doesn’t work. While it is true that in some cases toenail fungus is very difficult to treat, it is not impossible.
Those who have nail fungus believe that they must dispose of their shoes after treating their nails. They may be onto something, as it is important for you to be careful and prevent from reinfection. However, there are solutions that allow you to still use to same shoes by simply sterilizing them. You may do this by purchasing a shoe sanitizing spray. There are several brand options available either in drugstores/pharmacies or online. Another option if you wear closed-toed shoes is by changing your socks often to a fresh new pair, and by fresh new pair I mean a clean pair of socks that have been freshly washed or even a brand new pair work fine.
Also make sure 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 that it will spread to other people, especially those that the infected person lives with. It is even more likely to spread if the other people aren’t careful. Unfortunately, people with toenail fungus often don’t want others to know about their infection so they keep it a secret. In cases like these, it is difficult for family members to know that they should stay away from their infected loved ones.
The most important thing for you to do is never lose hope. If you never tried a nail fungus treatment or gave up in the early going, now is the time to get help. One nail fungus treatment may not have worked, but keep trying. There are plenty of different nail fungus treatments on the market so there is a good chance that one of them will work for you. If you need help deciding which one, or are afraid that a certain treatment’s side effects will harm you more than the actual fungus itself, you can go see a doctor. Podiatrists are the perfect source of toenail fungus advice since many of them have diagnosed and successfully treated countless cases of nail fungus.