5 Tips To Prevent Fungal Toenail Infections


A fungal toenail infection is caused by microscopic organisms that can take up residence on your skin and nails. These bugs thrive in moist and warm areas such as that provided by the inside of your sneakers and shoes. The fungi that cause fungal toenail infections is the same organism that causes athlete’s foot rash, and when it gets under your toenails it makes the nails brittle, discolored, and much thicker. Often a bad odor is created by the action of the fungal organisms.

Fortunately, a fungal toenail infection can be avoided by preventing the fungi from getting on your feet and under your toenails in the first place.

Here are 5 tips to help you prevent a fungal toenail infection:

1)    Proper toenail cutting technique—Always trim your toenails straight across so the edges of the nail can’t get under the tender skin at the edge of your toes.

2)    Keep your feet clean and dry—Be sure to carefully wash and dry your feet daily. Mild soap and warm water will kill the fungal organisms.

3)    Wear breathable footwear and socks—Your shoes and socks need to be light and breathable to help avoid moisture build up.

4)    Protect your feet—Whenever using locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools, wear shower shoes or at least sandals to help avoid contact with microorganisms.

5)    Medicated sprays and ointments—Antifungal topical medications can be used to kill any remaining fungi on your feet or in your footwear.

For difficult to treat fungal toenail infections, laser treatment is easy, safe and effective and can produce rapid results with a minimum of discomfort.

If you suspect that you have a fungal toenail infection, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.