A fungal nail infection can cause your toenails to become grey, brown, and brittle. The infection can also produce a horrible odor as the microbes spread. Keeping the bugs that cause infections under control will go a long way to preventing fungal toenails and other foot and toe infections.

Avoiding toenail fungus infections can be accomplished with the following guidelines:

1)    Cut your toenails correctly—Haphazard toenail cutting can damage your skin and allow toenail fungus to get under the nail. Cut your toenails straight across and a little long. This will also help prevent ingrown toenails from developing.

2)    Keep your feet clean and dry—Be sure to wash your feet at least once a day and always dry carefully, especially between the toes where fungi and bacteria like to hide.

3)    Use breathable socks and shoes—Wearing lightweight socks and breathable footwear made with fabrics like Gore-Tex or linen will wick away moisture and keep your feet cooler and dryer.

4)    Topical medications—Antifungal spray or powder can be applied to your feet and to the inside of your footwear to kill any microbes.

5)    Protect your feet—Whenever you use public locker rooms, gyms, and swimming areas, always protect your feet by wearing sandals or shower shoes. This footwear will help prevent contact with fungi and other microorganisms that can cause infections.

If you have developed a fungal toenail problem, talk to your foot doctor about painless and effective laser therapy.  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.

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