Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, can be a persistent and unsightly problem. However, staying vigilant and proactive can help you maintain healthy toenails. One of the primary prevention strategies is maintaining good foot hygiene. Regularly wash your feet with soap and water, ensuring to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Keep your toenails trimmed and cut them straight across to prevent debris buildup. Opt for breathable footwear and moisture-wicking socks to reduce the risk of fungal growth in damp environments. If you visit public pools or locker rooms, it is helpful to wear shower shoes that can minimize contact with potentially contaminated surfaces. Additionally, avoid sharing personal items such as nail clippers or shoes with others. Lastly, manage underlying health conditions, as problems like diabetes or weakened immune systems can increase susceptibility to toenail fungus. If you have toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist for effective treatment methods and additional prevention strategies.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.
Antifungals & Deterrence
Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.
Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.
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