5 Ways to Prevent Fungal Toenails

Adolescence can be a really awkward time. Obviously, kids are on summer break right now, but when our local schools are back in session—trust us, it will happen before we all know it! —kids will have to deal with an array of potential embarrassments. Think back to your school days and you can probably recall a time or two (or more!) that didn’t go quite as you’d hoped.

Despite being fairly common, toenail fungus can be almost as embarrassing as adolescence. A case of fungal toenails will make you self-conscious about walking barefoot or wearing open-toed shoes and sandals. Fortunately, we can treat toenail fungus for you at Anderson Foot & Ankle. Even better, though, is preventing the problem in the first place!

We want you to keep your nails clear and healthy, so here are some easy fungal toenail prevention tips to reduce your risk of infection – and embarrassment:

1. Don’t pick or trim skin around your toenails. These kinds of things can provide access for microorganisms and lead to infection.

2. Protect your feet in public. Places like locker room floors, indoor pool decks, and gym showering areas are often warm and damp, which makes them ideal conditions for fungal growth. Instead of walking barefoot in these places, be sure to wear clean shower shoes or sandals.

3. Use an antifungal product. Pick up some antifungal spray or powder at the store, and then spray or sprinkle the product in your shoes and on your feet.

4. Use daily hygienic practices. Washing your feet every day, and keeping toenails properly trimmed, is a starting point for reducing your risk of fungal toenails.

5. Wear the right footwear. This means choosing moisture-wicking socks and shoes so your feet can breathe and stay dry. Open-toed footwear and supportive sandals (not flip-flops!) also help by keeping your toes dry and less hospitable to fungus.

These tips will lower your risk of contracting a fungal nail infection, but it is difficult to completely eliminate all risk – fungal spores are microscopic and can be found just about everywhere. As such, you should keep Anderson Foot & Ankle in mind if you realize your toenails are starting to become dull, discolored, and distorted.

Toenail fungus can be quite stubborn when the infection sets in, so contact us at the earliest opportunity so we can fight back against it for you!

Our Salt Lake City office is proud to serve our community by providing comprehensive foot and ankle care to treat all kinds of lower limb issues. Contact us by calling (801) 269-9939 for additional information or to set up a visit with our practice. If you’d prefer, simply use our online form and request an appointment today.

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