Preventing Nail Fungus: Think Clean and Dry

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

This Friday and Saturday, the 25th Annual Hempstead Watermelon Festival is held at Hempstead Gazebo Park. There will be food, dancing, and even a fun run. You don’t want a serious case of nail fungus causing you pain, so that you miss out on all the fun. Take steps for preventing nail fungus, so you don’t lose a second of your life due to pain or embarrassment.

Fungus usually starts out inconspicuously. If you wear shoes all day long you might not even realize there is a problem until it’s too late. Fungus thrives in warm and damp places—for instance your shoes or a gym shower. Early symptoms of a fungal infection are white or yellow spots on your nail, but they can soon develop into discolored nails that become thick or brittle. If left untreated it may end up destroying your entire nail, which can be very painful. There may also be a foul odor connected with a fungal infection.

It’s a lot easier to prevent an infection than it is to treat one that is already present. The number one element in prevention is keeping your feet as clean and dry as possible. Wash your feet every day and make sure they are completely dry before putting on socks or shoes. Wear socks that wick away moisture from your skin, and allow your shoes to fully dry out before wearing them again (usually 24-48 hours). Protect your nails by clipping them straight across and not in a curved manner, as even microscopic wounds can let in a fungus. If you take showers at the gym always wear a pair of rubber shoes. With a little extra care you can successfully avoid a bothersome infection.

For more questions about preventing nail fungus or treating a fungal infection, call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment. At Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston we have all the tools you need to keep your feet healthy and fungus free.

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