Fungal nails is a rather unpleasant condition. It causes discoloration,
brittleness, and leaves your toenails crumbly. Besides, no one wants to
think about the fact that he or she has fungus growing on his or her body.
Fortunately, you can do several things to prevent fungal nail infections
and reduce your risk of having to deal with this problem.
It is important to know that treatment options are available if you have
an existing case. Here at Houston Foot Specialists, we help patients who
are affected with toenail fungus. Of course, you would rather prevent
the condition than need to treat it, so use the following steps to help
keep your nails fungus-free:
- Wash your feet daily. Use a mild soap and warm water to wash away any microorganisms,
including the fungi that can wreak havoc on your toenails. Be sure to
get all areas of your feet, especially the soles and between the toes.
- Keep them dry. After showering or bathing, dry your feet thoroughly. Fungi
thrive in warm and damp environments, which can describe a foot that hasn’t
been dried completely and then is stuck inside a sock and shoe. If any
of your activities during the course of the day cause your feet to become
damp, take appropriate measures to dry them again.
- Change your socks. In addition to wearing clean socks daily, have a change
of socks handy if you know that your feet are going to become sweaty or
damp. This is especially important to keep in mind if you will be working
out or suffer from hyperhidrosis – a condition that causes excessive sweating.
- Protect your feet. Since fungi and bacteria are more likely to be found
in warm, damp environment, wear shower shoes or sandals on the decks of
indoor pools, in gym locker rooms, and when using communal shower areas.
These prevention methods can be quite effective, but keep in mind that
a fungal nail infection will not go away on its own. If you already have
one, it will need to be treated. Home care, which typically entails the
use of over-the-counter antifungal products, may prove to be successful
for mild cases. If you require stronger treatment, like prescription medication
or laser therapy, Houston Foot Specialists is here to help.
Schedule your appointment online or give us a call today at (713) 467-8886.