Staying One Step Ahead of Nail Fungus
Nail fungal infections are common. It is caused by the fungus attacking the nails. The early signs of nail fungus include thickening of the nails, discoloration, foul odor, brittle, ragged, and crumbly nail edges. Both fingernails and toenails are vulnerable to infection. However, they are more common in toenails.
Do you suffer from nail fungal infections? Are you embarrassed to show off your feet in public during the summers? Early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid serious complications.
Here are some key preventive measures that can help your feet get rid of these infections for good.
- Wash your feet with mild soap and water every day. Make sure to dry them thoroughly especially between the toes. Once they are completely dry, only then put on a fresh pair of socks or the necessary footwear.
- Always remember to cut your nails straight across. Do not cut them too short or at an angle to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Inspect your feet daily for anything unusual such as fungal infections, cuts or bruises. Use a mirror if necessary.
- Choice of footwear is important. Wear fitted shoes and avoid shoes with narrow toe boxes. Wearing proper footwear can make a great difference in avoiding many toe and nail disorders.
- Wear moisture-wicking socks which absorb moisture and wick it away.
- Avoid going barefoot to public places such as a gym, swimming pool, showers, or locker rooms as they are breeding grounds for bacteria and fungus.
- For someone who is getting a pedicure, make sure it’s a reputable salon that properly sterilizes its tools.
- Use antifungal powder or sprays on your footwear. Fungus thrives in warm, dark and moist settings, three things that your footwear provides.
- Avoid sharing shoes and socks.
- Avoid sharing nail clippers.
If you are experiencing worrisome nail symptoms, you might want to go see a podiatrist before the infection gets any worse as it can very quickly spread to other parts of the body.
If you suspect that you have developed symptoms of nail fungus, visit Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Andrew H. Cohen and his team of professionals can help you to always be a step ahead of nail fungus. You can schedule an appointment online or call our office at 989-790-8009.