Since fungal infections are believed to be so widespread, people are naturally worried that toenail fungus may spread to them. In spite of good or bad hygiene, anyone can be susceptible to fungal outbreaks, even people in good physical health. Of course there are factors that may affect one’s susceptibility to this, and in this article we will list nine ways you can protect yourself from toenail fungus.
1: Keeping your finger and toenails clipped. Keeping your nails properly groomed can lessen the likelihood of injury which is said to be a major cause of nail fungus. Long nails may also contain bacteria and yeast which might cause an infection if entered into the nail.
2: Keep your hands and feet dry. Fungus is usually drawn to moisture. Drying them immediately after taking a shower and after swimming may limit the chance for onychomycosis to develop in environments they normally could not survive.
3: Try to not go barefoot in public areas. In areas like swimming pools, public showers and locker rooms you could contract toenail fungus from someone else. Wearing sandals or shoes in these areas can reduce that risk.
4: Wear well ventilated shoes. Since many fungi are said to thrive in dark, warm and humid environments wearing shoes that circulate air can not only keep your feet dryer but also cool them down. This can make it that much harder for toenail fungus to spread. Occasionally taking your shoes off may help keep them dry and cool as well.
5:You should not allow any potentially infected tools to come into contact with your nails. Nail fungus could spread through infected nail clippers and other instruments, especially if they are shared with another person. Sterilizing any tool before it comes into contact with your nail and choosing nail salons that are licensed by your state’s cosmetology board can reduce the chance of fungus coming into contact with you.
6: Throw away your old shoes. The longer you wear a pair of shoes, the more bacteria and fungi can grow on it. Discarding worn out shoes, or disinfecting them with antifungal powders can help reduce how much exposure your feet get to these fungi.
7: Do not pick at your nails. Not only may this risk a nail injury, which can cause fungal nail infections, but broken skin, which is another way fungus could enter a finger or toenail.
8: Wear socks that absorb sweat. Socks made of wool, nylon and polypropylene are said to absorb sweat better, keeping your feet dryer. It is recommended you change your socks often, especially is you sweat a lot.
9: Try as hard as you can to avoid any other fungal infection you may have on your feet. Some people who contract onychomycosis already suffer from another sort of fungal skin infection on their foot, usually athlete’s foot. Eluding any other foot fungus may lessen your chances of it spreading to your toenails.
Even with all of these thorough measures, it is still remotely possible for someone to contract toenail fungus. Individuals with a compromised immune system or who are advanced in years can be more likely as well. Utilizing these precautions however may have an impact on protecting yourself from nail fungus..