Despite the fact that nail fungus is more likely to spread in warm conditions, it doesn’t really matter what the temperature is outside. That’s because the temperature inside your shoes is usually just right for the uninhibited growth of fungi and bacteria, which can spread from your skin to your nails. 

These fungi are also very resilient and thrive in public areas such as gyms, locker areas, and shower rooms. You can pick them up unknowingly, and when the fungi spread under your nails the result is not very desirable. 

The nail often becomes brittle, yellow, and may emit a nasty smell. Once nail fungus has reached this point, it can be very difficult to eradicate. Fortunately, there are some fairly simple steps you can take to avoid getting an athlete’s foot or nail infection in the first place.

4 Tips to Prevent Nail Fungus

  • Keep your feet clean and dry—Always wash and dry your feet daily and change your socks with each shoe change. Another good idea is to let your shoes air out between wearings by alternating footwear every other day.
  • Correct nail trimming technique—It is very important to always trim your nails straight across rather than on a slight curve, so that the edge of the nail doesn’t get the opportunity to grow into the surrounding skin.
  • Breathable shoes and socks—Breathable footwear and moisture wicking socks that are made with a breathable fabric such as Gore-Tex and cotton are recommended.
  • Foot protection—In public areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers, always remember to wear shower shoes or sandals to minimize your contact with problematic bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
  • If you observe any change in the color or texture of your toenails that may also include a terrible odor, then it is important to see a foot specialist for proper treatment. Be sure to ask about the cutting edge laser fungal nail treatments that are now available.  Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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