How To Prevent Nail Fungus

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Toenail fungus is gross. Nobody wants to look at it or talk about it. However, if it should develop, it can be very uncomfortable and will likely not go away on its own. If you want to avoid having to see a doctor to deal with this gross problem, you need to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are some steps that you can take to avoid developing toenail fungus.

1. Sanitize Your Nail Clippers

Try not to share your nail clippers with anyone else because this is the easiest way for fungus to spread from one person to another. Before you use your own nail clippers, rinse them in hydrogen peroxide to make sure that there is no fungus or other harmful microorganisms on them. Then, cut your toenails short enough so that no fungi are able to hide underneath your nail and fester. 

2. Don't Cramp Your Toes

You don't want your shoes to be able to touch your toes because this will force your toes together and increase sweating. If your toes are allowed to breath, then there is a reduced chance that there will be enough moisture in your shoes to result in fungal growth. If you don't allow your toes to breath and jam them together, then your toes will sweat more and increase the moisture level in your shoes.

3. Rotate Your Workout Shoes

When you are running or playing a sport, your feet will probably sweat regardless of how spread out your toes are. If this is the case, make sure that you buy more than one pair of tennis shoes that you feel comfortable working out in. This will allow you to alternate your shoes each day, giving each pair of shoes an extra day to dry out to reduce the chances that you will develop nail fungus.

4. Wear Shoes in the Locker Room

When you are in the locker room, make sure that you wear shoes. This will allow you to avoid accidentally picking up any fungi that other people might have rubbed on the floor. If you need to shower in the locker room, make sure that you wear flip flops the entire time and that you sanitize the flip flops each time you leave the locker room. Simply washing them with dish soap or another type of antibacterial soap will allow you to keep them clean.

For more information about nail fungus treatment and prevention, talk to a doctor that specializes in nail fungus treatment, like those at Oregon Foot Clinic.


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