Fungal nails are an unsightly deformity and can lead to a systemic fungal infection if left untreated. Fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete’s foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Another toenail fungus treatment option is permanent nail removal, though the doctors at Livingston Foot Care in Long Island New York believe it is important to view this treatment only as a last resort.
Fungal Infection Prevention Tips
After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, you can take steps to prevent the infection from coming back. Keeping the fungus under control will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from re-infecting the nail. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath. Other tips:
- Don’t share nail clippers or nail files *Bring your own tools for pedicures
- Don’t share shoes or socks
- Try not to injure your nail, such as by cutting it too short (trauma to the nail may lead to infections).
- Wear dry cotton socks, and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
- Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to fungal toenail infections).
- Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower.
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