This time of year, many of us are trying hard to avoid getting the flu! We wash our hands often, use hand sanitizer, get plenty of sleep and vitamin C, and stay away from people who clear their throat even just slightly! After all, if you can avoid getting sick, why not make the effort, right? Well, similarly, if you can try to prevent toenail fungus, it would be worth it, don’t you think?
We certainly think so! We’ve seen our share of fungal toenails and avoiding the fungus in the first place is highly recommended. Toenail fungus is stubborn and difficult to get rid of, as well as contagious so it can easily spread to other nails. Besides being unattractive, fungal toenails can also cause discomfort and even emit a smell. Yep, prevention is a good thing! So, follow these tips to prevent toenail fungus:
- Keep feet clean and dry (and that goes for socks and shoes, as well).
- Wear moisture wicking socks and be sure to change them often.
- Make sure your footwear is made of breathable materials.
- Alternate the shoes you wear to ensure they have ample time to dry.
- Apply anti-fungal spray or powder to both feet and footwear.
- Never walk barefoot in public places like gym locker rooms and showers, pools, or saunas.
- Make sure pedicure tools are sanitized each time you use them.
- Do not trim nails too short – they should be even with the tips of your toes.
- Refrain from sharing towels, socks, shoes, or nail clippers.
If you follow these guidelines, you will likely be able to avoid fungal toenails, but, just like the flu, sometimes it just happens. If that’s the case, call us for an appointment and we’ll be happy to help. You can reach our Princeton, NJ office at (609) 924-8333, and our Roselle Park location at (908) 687-5757.