Toenail Fungus Prevention
Toenail fungus is a common, often unsightly condition especially in the humid areas of the country. Like other microorganisms, the fungi that cause this condition are on a constant lookout for a comfortable place to live. Unfortunately, the toenail is the perfect environment for this type of fungus to live and thrive, it’s warm, dark and moist.
Once a toenail fungus infection sets in, there are some telltale signs. Yellowish, oily, or slightly brownish discoloration. Thickening of the toenails. Some report itching and irritation. All of these symptoms point directly at the possibility of a toenail or skin fungus infection.
People who have toenail fungus problems, understandably want to find a way to get rid of this unsightly infection of the foot. We take pride in our appearance and no one wants to have the discolored, thick, flaky toenails that are often the side-effect of toenail fungus infections.
Preventing Toenail Fungus
Since toenail fungus problems are very common, it's important to take steps to avoid these outbreaks. Remember, toenail fungus occurs because the nails are a comfortable dwelling place for these types of fungus to take up residence. Some good preventative measures involve making your nails inhospitable for these fungi.
Avoiding Toenail Fungus
Like Athlete's foot, toenail fungus can be spread from one person to another. If you workout at a local gym or swim at a public pool, be sure to keep your feet protected and away from damp surfaces as much as possible. Keeping a pair of pool shoes or sandals in your gym bag, and using them, is a great way to keep your feet protected from a wide variety of fungi, including the variety that lives in toenails. You should also avoid sharing towels, wash cloths and socks and shoes with anyone.
If you work off-shore or have to wear boots all day, you are at a high risk for fungal skin and nail infection. Remember, nail fungus requires warmth, darkness and moisture to live and grow. You can’t work barefoot or keep ice on your feet, but you can control the moisture requirement.
Shoes and Socks
Dark, moist areas are the most common places for fungi to thrive. If you work outdoors, try to wear leather boots that breath and have a silver liner treatment to prevent fungal and bacterial growth. Wearing socks that have a mixture of cotton, that absorbs sweat, and nylon/polyester that help wick away the moisture will keep feet drier then plan cotton socks. These two steps alone, can go a long way in warding off toenail fungus problems. It's also important to remember to change your socks in the middle of the day if you work in a humid area. Prolonged exposure to sweaty, damp socks gives toenail and skin fungus just the environment they need to grow.
If your feet sweat a lot, you can use an antiperspirant that contains 12% aluminum chloride once or twice a week to reduce sweating. This is the same ingredient found in underarm antiperspirant. Be aware that continued use can cause contact dermatitis.
For the removal of toenail fungus, there are a few routes to take. The first is to use good foot hygiene by keeping the feet clean and dry, especially between the toes. The second may involve getting a prescription from your doctor. This might include pills, or topical treatments, like foot powder or cream. These remedies can be expensive, and taking a prescription medication isn't always the best way to go. Some people opt for home remedies or over the counter products to cure toenail and skin fungus. The type of treatment you choose will depend upon your own, unique circumstances. Coastal Foot Clinic now stocks Clear Nails Pro for toenail fungus. Clear Nails Pro is the only nail penetrating topical anti-fungal, call our office (225) 638-6640 for an appointment to get rid of those discolored, unsightly nails.
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