Fungal nails refers to any number of fungal nail infections that can occur on the foot. Since fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete's Foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Removal of the nail as the sole treatment usually results in a new fungal nail.
Preventing Fungal Nail Infections
After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, take steps to prevent the infection from recurring. Keeping fungi at bay will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from reinfecting the nail. Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply an antifungal cream to the entire foot. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath.
Other suggestions for preventing fungal nails include:
- Don't share nail clippers or nail files with others.
- Don't share shoes or socks with others.
- Try not to injure your nail, such as by cutting it too short (trauma to the nail may lead to infections).
- Wear dry cotton socks and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
- Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to fungal toenail infections).
- Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower.
- Notify us if you suffer from sweaty feet (hyperhidrosis) or smelly feet (bromhidrosis).
- Avoid public whirlpool use (such as at manicure/pedicure salons) and don't let the salons push your cuticle back. Buying your own instruments is a great tip for salon users.
- Gardeners should not walk barefoot.
- Wear socks or house slippers in the house, don't go barefoot.
- Pet hair can be a common cause of fungus in your home. Make sure they are groomed well.