A fungal toenail infection often causes the toenail to become brittle, yellow, and crumbly. The infection can linger for months before showing any serious symptoms, and it is rarely painful, but the often disgusting smell that is released by the fungi can be quite shocking. By avoiding contact with the fungal organisms in the first place you can avoid this unsightly and often smelly condition.
4 ways to avoid getting a fungal toenail infection include the following:
- Clean and dry your feet at least once a day—Be careful to wash and dry your feet daily and switch out your shoes so they can completely dry out between wearing to help kill any fungal spores.
- Use proper toenail trimming technique—One of the most common ways for microbes to get under the toenail is from improper toenail cutting. Always cut your toenails straight across and a little on the long side to help prevent ingrown toenails and infections.
- Wear breathable shoes and socks and use fungicide—Wear moisture-wicking socks and breathable shoes that will help keep your feet dry. Prevent the microbes from growing by spraying your shoes and feet with fungicide.
- Use foot protection in public areas—Whenever you are in public swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers, keep your feet protected with shower shoes to help lower any contact with microbes.
For difficult fungal toenail problems, complete removal of the toenail may be necessary to completely treat the underlying infection and avoid a recurrence.
If you are experiencing toenail problems, be sure to see your foot doctor and receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.