Introducing: New Laser Treatment for Toe Nail Fungus
Prevention and Avoiding Re-infection
Keep your nails clean and dry - remember fungal infections thrive on moisture and closeness
Proper foot hygiene and regular inspection are the first line of defense against toenail fungus.
- Wash your feet with soap and water then dry thoroughly
- Keep feet cool and dry. If they sweat a lot use medicated powder for your feet to insure dryness
- Keep nails clean and short, but don't trim too closely
- Let cuticles grow naturally. Cutting or pushing back cuticles can make your nails more susceptible to toenail fungus infection
Avoid injuring or irritating your toes
- Wear protective shoes at work and when playing sports
- Buy and wear shoes that fit well and don't feel tight or rub against the toes. Make sure your toes have room to move around
- Wear shoes made of leather or other materials that allow your feet to "breathe"
- Don't wear someone else's shoes
- Get rid of old shoes that may have fungal spores hiding in them
Avoid going barefoot in public places
- Wear rubber sandals around the pool, or in a public shower, locker room or restroom
- Never go barefoot in a health club or exercise class
- Wear slippers on hotel room carpets and floors.
Avoid excessive moisture on your feet.
- Don't wear the same shoes every day.
- Wear clean socks of absorbent material that will "wick away" remove moisture from against the skin. Orlon is better than cotton, wool or nylon.
- Avoid excessively tight hosiery
- If you perspire excessively change your socks more than once a day.
- Use medicated spray powder inside shoes 2-3 times a week.
Bring your own instruments when having pedicures. Disinfect your home pedicure tools
Use acrylic or sculptured nails with care
Don't apply polish to nails suspected of infection
If you get athlete's foot (tinea pedis) see a doctor or pharmacist right away. Athlete's foot may be caused by the same fungus as toenail fungus, but on the outside of the skin. If left untreated it can get under the nail causing toenail fungus.