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Preventing Fungal ToeNail Infections

No one likes sickly looking toenails. Fungal infections can be embarrassing. Yellow, deformed possibly oozing nails are not sexy.

The worst skin infections to treat are those that make their home in small places. The skin under and around the nail is especially difficult to treat. Heck, most of us forget that we have skin there. The majority of us ignore our feet, until we have a foot injury or infection.

Pamper your feet they do a lot for you. They get you where you want to go each day. You should take care of your feet and the skin there. Pay close attention to the nails for signs of infection that include yellow tinge to the nail bed, redness, rash, and also a sore with liquid drainage or pus.

  • The first thing you should do to prevent another fungal nail infection is to get in the habit of thoroughly washing and drying your feet every night before going to bed.
  • If your infection is still active, treat with the topical antifungal medication recommended by your doctor such as Lamisil or Penlac. Keep your feet dry. You are less likely to get a fungal infection if your feet are kept dry.
  • After a shower or bath apply foot powder to your feet. Change your socks every day. If your feet sweat a lot then change your socks 2 or 3 times a day if necessary to keep your feet dry. Cotton socks are more absorbent and best to keep feet dry.
  • Make sure your shoes are dry and allow air to circulate around your feet. Do not wear shoes that are too tight. Tight shoes cause injury to toes that may lead to fungal nail infections.
  • Do not wear the same pair of shoes every day - give your shoes a chance to dry out.
  • Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when using a public pool or shower. If you are going to a water park this summer, shower sandals or shoes are a must have.
  • Don't share shoes, socks, nail clippers or other nail care equipment.
  • Do not cut your nails too short as this can cause nail injury, which can lead to infection.
  • Make sure that you follow medical advice if you have a chronic disease such as diabetes that can have an affect on skin and nail infections.

Keeping your feet and nails free of infection requires giving your feet the attention they deserve.

Inspect your feet on a regular basis to check for healthy skin. Notice any sores or red areas that may indicate your shoes are too tight, the wrong size or wearing out. Watch out for any signs of infections including rashes, itchiness, tenderness, and also skin that is warm to the touch, or the presence of open sores. Contact your doctor at the first sign of a nail or foot infection.



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