Tips to Prevent Fungal Nail Infections

Fungal Nail InfectionFungal 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.

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