Where Toenail Fungus is Found and How It Finds You

In Houston, it’s always sandal weather, so your toes are exposed year ‘round – not just for the world to see, but for fungi to invite itself in!

You see, fungus is lurking all around us, and toenails out in the open can be vulnerable to a fungal nail infection. Sometimes, all it takes is bacteria to cause an ingrown nail to become infected, and the door is opened for fungi to invade the nail and crash the party! Of course, this is the last thing you want when sandals are on your feet and your nails are on display. Fungal toenails are unattractive, to put it mildly. They are yellow, thick, and crumbly, can smell and even spread and become painful – talk about an unwanted guest!

However, before you surrender yourself to a life without ever wearing sandals again, take heart. Simply knowing common places that fungi hide will help you to avoid contact and keep your nails clear and healthy.

The key thing to remember is that toenail fungus thrives in warm, damp environments. So, it makes sense that favorite hangouts include pool decks, saunas, locker room floors, communal showers, and even inside your own footwear! Always slip on sandals or shower shoes in public places, rotate the shoes you wear and be sure to treat them with anti-fungal spray. If your socks get sweaty, change them! Trust us – it’s better to have an extra load of laundry than a fungal nail infection that’s hard to fight!

You can also protect yourself from toenail fungus by making sure to trim toenails straight across to prevent them from becoming ingrown. Check your feet regularly for any small scratches or cuts, and treat any you find right away with antibacterial cream and a bandage.

You don’t have to give up sandals, all you have to do is follow these tips to stay fungi-free. If a fungal infection does come knocking, give us a call right away so we can take care of it as soon as possible. Dial (713) 493-7372 to reach our Houston, TX office today so you can wear your sandals with pride!

Categories: Nail Problems