Preventing Fungal ToeNail Infections
No one likes sickly looking toenails. Fungal infections can
be embarrassing. Yellow, deformed possibly oozing nails are not
The worst skin infections to treat are those that make their
home in small places. The skin under and around the nail is
especially difficult to treat. Heck, most of us forget that we
have skin there. The majority of us ignore our feet, until we
have a foot injury or infection.
Pamper your feet they do a lot for you. They get you where
you want to go each day. You should take care of your feet and
the skin there. Pay close attention to the nails for signs of
infection that include yellow tinge to the nail bed, redness,
rash, and also a sore with liquid drainage or pus.
- The first thing you should do to prevent another fungal
nail infection is to get in the habit of thoroughly washing
and drying your feet every night before going to
- If your infection is still active, treat with the
topical antifungal medication recommended by your doctor
such as Lamisil or Penlac. Keep your feet dry. You are less
likely to get a fungal infection if your feet are kept
- After a shower or bath apply foot powder to your
feet. Change your socks every day. If your feet sweat a lot
then change your socks 2 or 3 times a day if necessary to
keep your feet dry. Cotton socks are more absorbent and
best to keep feet dry.
- Make sure your shoes are dry and allow air to circulate
around your feet. Do not wear shoes that are too tight.
Tight shoes cause injury to toes that may lead to fungal
- Do not wear the same pair of shoes every day - give
your shoes a chance to dry out.
- Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when using a public
pool or shower. If you are going to a water park this
summer, shower sandals or shoes are a must have.
- Don't share shoes, socks, nail clippers or other nail
- Do not cut your nails too short as this can cause nail
injury, which can lead to infection.
- Make sure that you follow medical advice if you have a
chronic disease such as diabetes that can have an affect on
skin and nail infections.
Keeping your feet and nails free of infection requires
giving your feet the attention they deserve.
Inspect your feet on a regular basis to check for healthy
skin. Notice any sores or red areas that may indicate your
shoes are too tight, the wrong size or wearing out. Watch out
for any signs of infections including rashes, itchiness,
tenderness, and also skin that is warm to the touch, or the
presence of open sores. Contact your doctor at the first sign
of a nail or foot infection.