The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is also the culprit in fungal toenail infections and so it stands to reason that both of these itchy and smelly conditions can be prevented by eradicating and avoiding the microscopic fungi that cause them. Once a fungal infection has spread under the toenails it can become difficult to properly treat and the infection often returns which is why you should make an appointment with your foot doctor for more comprehensive treatment.
You can help prevent microbial infections of your feet with the following tips:
● Insulate your feet from microbial exposure—While in locker rooms, showers, and swimming areas, it’s best to wear shower shoes or sandals to insulate your feet from contact with potentially contaminated surfaces.
● Kill germs with medicated sprays, powders, and ointments—Use sprays and powders to treat your feet and footwear with anti-fungal medications.
● Use the correct toenail cutting technique—You can decrease the chances of getting fungal toenails by cutting your nails a little long and straight across to prevent accidental cutting and ingrown toenails that can lead to fungal toenail infections.
● Keep your feet clean and dry—Wash and dry your feet at least once daily. Mild soap and warm water will help kill and wash away fungal organisms. Wear socks that wick away moisture and wear shoes made with breathable fibers to keep sweating down.
For a difficult to treat fungal toenail infection, talk with your foot doctor about laser treatment that is virtually painless, safe, and effective. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), 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.