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Foot and Toenail Fungus Prevention
Women want to show off their pretty pedicures rather than conceal their toes under socks and shoes. Men don’t want to stick their toes in the sand at the beach to hide the embarrassment of toenail fungus. Toenail fungus is difficult to hide, but not hard to prevent. The ugly brown or yellow nails, the thick dirt-like buildup under the toenails and the cracking nails separating from the nail bed are very noticeable and unsightly. People who frequent gyms, public showers or live with someone who has a nail fungus are all susceptible to contracting the fungus. Take some steps to prevent contracting a toenail fungus.
Switch shoes daily. Don’t wear the same shoes every day. Let your shoes dry out especially if your feet sweat a lot.
Never share shoes with anyone. Sometimes the toenail fungus symptoms have not presented themselves and you may unknowingly be put your foot right into the fungus.
Change your socks every day, several times a day if your feet are warm and sweaty. Keep your feet clean and dry. Keep an extra two or three pairs of socks in your glove compartment or purse.
Wear cotton socks. Cotton wicks sweat and moisture away from your toenails and feet. Synthetic materials trap the sweat on your feet where it is left to breed a nail fungus.
Add antifungal, medicated foot powder to your shoes when you take them off. The active ingredients in the foot powder will kill the fungus living in your shoes.
At the first sign of athlete’s foot, seek treatment, either over the counter or from a doctor to prevent the fungus from growing on the toenails.
Put on shower shoes, flip flops or stand on a towel when you are in a gym shower, public shower or live with someone who has toenail fungus.
Always dry your feet completely after showering, swimming or bathing. Wipe the tops and bottoms of your feet and in between your toes with a towel.
Keep your toenail trimmed short. Use only a toenail clipper to groom your toenails. Never bite, rip or pull the nails off because you can pull the nail away from the sensitive nail bed and leave an opening for fungus to enter.
If you develop a fungus, treat your toenails as soon as your exhibit any symptoms.