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How to Prevent Nail Fungus

Updated on February 17, 2015

Since the treatment of a nail fungus infection after-the-fact is usually a lengthy procedure (months at best), the most effective method of treatment is nail fungus prevention! Knowing what causes toenail fungus is also important in prevention.

Not only can the methods make it easier to steer clear of nail fungus but also will reduce your risk or even assist in preventing any recurrence of fungus infections.

Personal Grooming for Nail Fungus Prevention

Basic washing and drying of your hands and feet is of the utmost of importance. Start using a nailbrush to wash away dirt and dead nail tissue, paying specific focus on washing beneath the fingernail or toenails.

Start drying your hands and feet by vigorously using a towel to also help eliminate dried-out skin and increase blood flow.

Launder all towels which have been in touch with any contaminated areas prior to using them again. If you don't, the fungal spores grabbed by way of the towel can pass on to other areas.

Nail Fungus Prevention Tips

  • Maintain your fingernails or toenails shorter, dry and thoroughly clean
  • Cut your nails straight across and file down any thickened areas
  • Remember to make sure when drying your hands and feet to dry between your finger and toes
  • Wearing socks that wick away moisture, like synthetic socks help keep your feet dry
  • Changing them frequently, particularly if your feet perspire excessively
  • Consider removing your footwear from time to time throughout the day and immediately after physical exercise
  • Switch between closed-toe shoes and open-toed shoes

Protecting Your Feet and Hands from Nail Fungus

Start using an anti-fungal powder or spray, either on your feet or you could also use inside of your footwear for even additional protection. Don't go without shoes in public areas, especially when around public swimming pools, showers and locker rooms.

There are even things you can do to protect your hands when cleaning. Wearing rubber gloves will safeguard your hands from too much exposure to water. You should turn the rubber gloves inside out to dry after each use.

Don't cut or irritate the skin around your nails by picking at it after trimming them. This will likely give fungi entry to the skin and fingernails or toenails.

If you get your nails done at the salon, always select one that has a good reputation and that sterilizes its equipment regularly. Even better, you might provide your own personal products if it is allowed.

Although it might be tempting to cover up nail fungus infections beneath a layer of pretty red polish, this could trap excess moisture and intensify the problem.

You will also want to consider giving up nail polish and artificial nails if you think you might already have a nail fungus. Always, always, wash your hands immediately after coming in contact with a contaminated nail because Nail fungus can quickly spread from nail to nail.

Remember the old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Well this is especially true when it comes to nail fungus prevention. If you are already experiencing a nail fungus infection, you may want to consider reading more about the all natural ZetaClear Nail Fungus Treatment.

What Are Your Nail Fungus Prevention Tips?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful information. Prevention is the best and in this context drying the hands and feet thoroughly are of paramount importance.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Thank you Sun-Girl,

      After personally being affected, I realized so many people suffered from this common ailment at some point in their lives.

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Very useful information which i found so interesting and educating.thanks and a big cheers fro this article.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Thanks Teresa,

      It is such a common issue, I hope this information will help those affected. Thanks for sharing your link!

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      Teresa Vieira 6 years ago from Portugal, Lisbon

      Great hub and informative. I also had a nail fungus and treated it. I also wrote a hub about nail mycosis. I wonder if you'll want to connect the two hubs as complementary.

      Thanks. Keep up the good work. My hub is:

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      Wooded 6 years ago

      What a great hub. I once got a fungus from a salon I went to on vacation. I always carry my own implements now.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Very informative Hub! Great research and writing. Voted Up and Useful!