People who work and play outside may be providing the perfect conditions for a fungus to infect their toenails. Toenail fungus likes to hitch a ride on people who go barefoot. Then, when they put on closed shoes, the hot, humid conditions allow the fungus to thrive. The fungus makes toenails thick and yellow. The thickening of the nail can cause pain and discomfort.
Preventing Fungal Infections
Like athlete’s foot, the toenail fungus can survive on dry or wet surfaces. It can spread quite easily from one person to another by way of floors at the gym, sauna and swimming pool. However, it can also spread via dry floors, linens and person-to-person contact.
To avoid toe nail fungus (as well as athlete’s foot) try this foot care routine:
- Wash & dry your feet thoroughly
- Change socks & footwear regularly when feet perspire
- Wear breathable materials, such as cotton, mesh & leather
- Avoid tight, synthetic shoes & socks
- Always wear shoes — wear flip-flops in communal showers
- Clean bathroom floors, mats and tub surfaces regularly
Treating Toe Nail Fungus
It’s important to receive treatment when your toenails are infected. The fungus won’t go away by itself, and you could pass the fungus on to others. Plus, the abnormal thickening of the nail could damage the nail bed. Dr. Smith can treat your toenail fungus in a variety of ways, including medications. Call Dr. Smith’s office about visiting his office for treatment.