While you may be alarmed by how common nail fungus is, preventing it is actually quite easy with some helpful tips from toenail doctors. If you follow these tips, you will be on the right path to keep your nails fungus-free.
- Use your own clippers: Toenail doctors recommend that you do not share nail clippers with anyone, since this is a hotbed for fungus to grow. If you are absolutely in a pinch, you can share a pair after properly sanitizing them; however, toenail doctors do recommend that you even sanitize your own clippers with alcohol and antifungals in between uses.
- Figure out your correct shoe size: A surprising number of people are wearing shoes that are too tight, and women are especially guilty of this. Since wearing shoes that are too small can cause sweating and pressure that leads to nail fungus, it is important to figure out your correct shoe size and stick to it. According to toenail doctors’ guidelines, when your shoes fit correctly your toenails should not be touching the front. Toenail doctors also recommend that you alternate your shoes to give them an opportunity to dry out.
- Don’t be barefoot: Since wet public places like public pools and locker rooms are the ideal environment for nail fungus to thrive, try to avoid being barefoot in these places. You should always wear flip flops in places like these.
- Keep your feet dry: Many of the cases of nail fungus that toenail doctors see arise from the simplest mistake – not drying the feet properly. Always make sure to wash and dry your feet before going to bed to prevent leaving a moist environment for fungal growth.
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