Can Fungus Nail Infections Be Prevented?

You may have read the statistics that indicate that fungus nail infections affect 12% of Americans. You may also have read that although specialized treatments such as Zetaclear and Funginix are available, treatment times are long and not always successful. As a result, you are probably motivated to learn how to avoid getting an infection in the first place, or preventing the infection from recurring. Here are 5 preventative steps to get you on your way.

  1. Wash and dry your feet and hands every day. In order to ensure that your nails remain completely dry, apply a powder after each shower or bath.
  2. Only wear cotton socks rather than synthetic materials. If your socks get wet, for example as a result of perspiration, change them immediately. Its a good idea to take an extra pair of socks with you when you leave the house.
  3. Expose your nails to sunlight and fresh air at least once a day. Wear sandals and shoes made of natural materials that allow moisture to escape.
  4. Avoid wearing tight fitting footwear as the injury this causes to toes, can create the entry point for an invading fungus.
  5. Never share your nail instruments with other people. If you decide to have a manicure or pedicure, ensure that the all instruments, including the soaking bowls, are thoroughly sterilized before you use them. It may be a sensible precaution to bring your own.
  6. Always wear shower sandals when using a public shower or when changing in a public changing room or locker room.
  7. If you live near the ocean, go swimming as often as possible. The saltwater is great for your nails.
  8. Don’t wear the same shoes every day. Use alternate pairs. Its also a good idea to spray the inside of your shoes with an antifungal product to destroy any fungal spores that may be residing there. Through out those old fitness shoes and get yourself a new pair.

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