Seven Sensible Solutions for Avoiding Fungal Nail Infections
The fungal infection of a toenail (onychomycosis) might be a common foot problem, but it’s also one the majority of people ignore. They are most commonly accompanied by an infection of the skin known as athlete’s foot.
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.
While we can’t avoid these microscopic organisms, we can certainly take precautions.
Here are seven solutions that will help you reduce the risk:
Solution #1: Clean, dry feet resist disease. Wash the feet with soap and water, remembering to dry thoroughly.
Solution #2: Shower shoes (or flip flops) should be worn whenever possible in public areas.
Solution #3: Shoes, socks, or hosiery should be changed daily.
Solution #4: Toenails should be clipped straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
Solution #5: Use a quality food powder with talcum, not cornstarch.
Solution #6: Wear shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
Solution #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.
If you’ve done all these things and still suspect a fungal nail infection, read on:
How do I know if I have a fungal nail infection?
Since other diseases may also cause toenail discolouration or thickening, it is best to have it assessed by a professional. A Registered Chiropodist can quickly determine whether you have a fungal infection.
Will it go away without treatment?
No, the chances of it clearing up on its own are very low.
What are my treatment options for fungal nail?
- Apply a topical antifungal prescription medication such as Formula 3.
- Investigate Noveon® Nail Laser.
- Obtain an oral prescription medication from your family physician.
One 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 talk to your Chiropodist during your next routine foot care appointment. We want to stamp out fungal nail infections.