Seven Sensible Secrets for Avoiding Fungal Nail Infections

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The fungal infection of a toenail might be a common foot problem, but it’s also one the majority of people ignore.

When everyday fungi invade the nail, the tiny organisms take hold, and the result is the nail may become thicker, yellowish-brown or darker in colour and foul smelling.

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While we can’t avoid these micoscopic organisms, we can certainly take precautions. Here are seven sensible secrets that will help you reduce the risk:

Sensible Secret #1: Clean, dry feet resist disease. Wash the feet with soap and water, remembering to dry thoroughly.

Sensible Secret #2: Shower shoes (or flip flops) should be worn whenever possible in public areas.

Sensible Secret #3: Shoes, socks, or hosiery should be changed daily.

Sensible Secret #4: Toenails should be clipped straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.

Sensible Secret #5: Use a quality food powder with talcum, not cornstarch.

Sensible Secret #6: Wear shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.

Sensible Secret #7: Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture. Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to wick away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks, especially for those with more active lifestyles.

37172012012337One of the products we recommend in our foot clinic is Formula 3 Antifungal Professional as a topical alternative to oral medications. It works wonders!

Learn more about onychomycosis (fungal nail) and onychauxis(thickening of the nails).