How to prevent toenail fungus and have beautiful toenails
If you pay attention, there are a lot of ugly toenails out there. The most common cause is fungus, making nails appear ugly, yellow, and thick. There are many things you can do to prevent ugly toenails.
- Sanitize your shoes with an antifungal shoe spray or use a UV light device to sterilize your shoes.
- Switch to antifungal toenail polishes. These polishes have antifungal properties that do not foster an environment for fungus to grow in the nail.
- Periodically inspect your toenails. If there is white or yellowish spotting, stop using toenail polish and see if this goes away. If it does not go see a podiatrist.
- Only get pedicures with instruments that have been properly sterilized, these can include methods of steam autoclave like the ones used in hospitals, or cold sterilization where instruments are soaked for a length of time to kill off fungus and bacteria.
- Avoid pedicure places that do not follow strict cleaning and instrument sterilization techniques.
- Trauma to a toenail can make it more susceptible for opportunistic fungal infections to appear in the toenail, perform toenail inspections on injured toes or toenails weeks and months after.
- Let your shoes dry out properly. Remove the inner lining and place them and the shoes near a window to help them dry. Sweaty athletic shoes and work boots can stay moist for a day or two making it the perfect environment fungus loves.
- Treat athlete’s foot immediately, if left untreated, it can spread into your toenails. Once the fungus is in your toenails it becomes more difficult to treat.
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By Jesus C. Vazquez, PMAC