Protecting Yourself From a
Toenail Fungus Infection
A toenail fungus infection is not difficult to contract. The microorganisms that cause a toenail fungus infection are very contagious. These microorganisms thrive in a warm, moist and dark area, and is why when you contract a toenail fungus infection, it can be difficult and time consuming to get rid of.
Places like public pools, gyms, and restrooms can have these fungi laying in wait, in small puddles of water or on the wet floors for some bare feet to come by and pick them up. This is why it’s important to always wear sandals, flip-flops, or water shoes to prevent yourself from contracting these fungi. If you do visit these hot spots bare foot then you should always make sure you wash and thoroughly dry your feet, even between the toes, to prevent the fungi from being able to thrive on your toenails.
Another hot spot for contracting the fungi that cause toenail fungus infections is a salon. Some salons don’t take preventive measures by following safe and sanitary hygiene procedures. If you visit these types of facilities, you are putting yourself at risk. To prevent yourself from contracting a toenail fungus infection you should only use facilities that practice sanitary conditions.
Another important preventive measure is to keep your feet dry. This can be difficult for those who suffer from excessive sweaty feet. If you do suffer from excessive sweating, you may want to consider keeping an extra pair of cotton socks with you so you can change them during the day. It’s important to let your feet and toes breath. Wearing nylon socks can hold in moisture close to the toes and tight fitting shoes can make way for weak nails.
You should also keep your toes clean and trimmed. When washing your feet, make sure you wash between the toes and dry your feet vigorously and thoroughly. This not only will help prevent fungi from growing but well help prevent you from spreading the infection to someone else if you already have one. You should never share towels, wash clothes, shoes or socks with anyone. It’s common for more than one person in a household to have a toenail fungus infection at the same time because precautions aren’t taken at home.
If you find that you indeed have a toenail fungus infection, you should start treatment right away. The earlier you start treatment the better and faster the result will be. A toenail fungus infection will not go away on its own. It has to be treated. The only way to totally cure this condition is by killing the fungi. If you don’t give them a comfortable place to live by cleaning, drying, and airing out your toes along with some antifungal solutions the faster they will die.
There are home remedies, natural products, topical creams, over the counter medications, and prescription drugs to treat a toenail fungus infection. But “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”