How To Prevent Nail Fungus From Returning

Treating nail fungus is a two-step process. The first step is the treatment itself, which can be with prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, natural remedies or perhaps a combination treatment. The second step is just as important, preventing the fungal infection from spreading and reoccurring.

Symptoms of Nail Fungus

Curing the current toenail fungal infection without changing the habits that allowed the infection to develop will almost guarantee that it will be seen again. Those with a chronic medical condition such as diabetes need to be especially careful. The first sign to look for is a yellowish spot under the tip of the toenail. Left untreated, the fungus spreads underneath the nail, causing the nail to become thick, to crumble at the tip and to become dull and distorted in shape. Debris accumulates underneath the nail and can eventually cause the nail to separate and lift from the nail bed.

Preventing Nail Fungus

The goal is to change those conditions that allow the fungus to thrive. Make these prevention techniques into life-long habits and it's unlikely that the fungus will return.

Keep hands and feet dry and clean. Wash often, dry thoroughly. The fungus likes warm, moist areas.

Tight shoes and heels that squeeze the toes are in open invitation to nail fungus. Occasionally going barefoot (although never do so in a locker room) is a good idea. Sandals allow air to circulate around the toes.

Women who normally wear pantyhose need to be aware that hose can encourage the conditions that promote fungal growth.

Socks made from a natural material like cotton are best as they wick moisture from the toes. White socks that can be bleached are preferable. Never wear dirty socks two days in a row.

If feet sweat during the day, change to clean socks and different shoes. Allow sweaty shoes to dry thoroughly before wearing them again.

Use an anti-fungal powder or spray on feet and inside shoes.

Be particular about which salon to go to for a manicure or pedicure. Make sure that cleanliness standards are high and that all instruments are sterilized.

Don't polish nails if there is a suspected fungal infection.

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