Fungus is all around us – everywhere from floors, on grass, in dirt, and even on other people. It is nearly impossible to avoid it forever. It grows in warm, moist areas, particularly in public areas such as swimming pools, spas, gym, showers, and locker rooms. For short stints of time, it can even survive in those warm puddles on the tile floors, waiting for someone to step on those tiles and then attaches itself to the foot. The skin does not recognize the fungus as a foreign element and does not try to get rid of it.
After a while, the body’s immune system learns to live with the fungus, and the infection starts growing. A fungus sheds its spores which serve as its seeds. These wait for the right moment, and then grow into new fungus. One of the most common places where these fungi collect and grow is the shoe. Special care must be exercised in selecting and maintain the shoes, particularly if you are an athlete. We’ll be sharing some tips in this article on shoes if you suffer from toenail fungus.
As the saying goes, it is always better if you take precautions beforehand and try your best to prevent fungal infections in the first place, instead of scrambling around trying different home remedies and medicines. Avoid walking barefoot - a little preclusion goes a long way.
Feet need air to breathe, and what better way to provide them by wearing sandals. Wear them often.
The only thing more important than staying out of damp places is wearing socks under the shoes. This is particularly important if you put on shoes that someone already wore earlier. These serve as a layer between the fungus on the shoes and your feet, and better yet, once they get wet, you can always change into a new pair of dry socks.
When selecting shoes, try and buy shoes that breathe like leather, instead of plastic or synthetic material.
And by fitting we mean that shoes should not be tight. Tight shoes stop the circulation of air and even light, which allows the fungus to prosper in the dark.
It is never a bad idea to apply antifungal powders regularly on your shoes, and a reputable antifungal cream to the bottom of your feet and on the nails once a week (more so if you are an athlete).