When the fungi that cause a fungal toenail infection get underneath your toenail, the nasty little microbes can cause the nail to become yellow, thick, and brittle with a terrible odor in many cases. Fungal toenails can be hard to fix once the infection has become advanced, so see your podiatrist if this is the case. Preventing contact with the microbes in the first place is the best way to avoid a fungal infection.
To avoid toenail fungus infections, adopt the following practices:
- Clean and dry your feet regularly—Wash and dry your feet once or preferably twice a day. Let your shoes dry out between wearings to help eliminate the moisture that fungi love.
- Use antifungal sprays—on your feet and in your shoes to kill any lingering fungi.
- Cut your toenails properly—to avoid painful ingrown toenails that often lead to a fungal toenail infection. The nail can break the skin and allow the microbes to get in.
- Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe—Wear lightweight, breathable socks that wick away moisture. Choose shoes that are lined with Gore-Tex or other breathable fibers.
- Keep your feet protected—Remember to wear shower shoes or sandals in public locker rooms, pool, and shower areas to decrease your contact with the microbes.
If you are experiencing the pain and discomfort of a fungal toenail infection, see your foot doctor for the proper care. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.