How can I avoid toenail fungus?

The best ways to avoid toenail fungus are to keep your feet clean, make your nails hostile to fungus, and avoid skin or nail contamination. Wash your feet every day with soap and water. Pat them completely dry, especially around your nails and between your toes. Wear clean socks every day. The best hosiery wicks moisture away from your skin. Try to wear different pairs of shoes each day, so every pair has a chance to dry from your foot sweat between uses. Pretreat your feet and footwear with anti-fungal sprays or powders, too.

You can avoid contact with the fungus as much as possible in a number of ways. Never walk barefoot on potentially contaminated surfaces, like locker room floors, community showers, and pool decks. Instead, wear shower shoes or sandals. Don’t share footwear or towels with other people, either. If they have an infection, they could pass it to you that way.

Finally, if you think you’ve gotten fungal nails at all, seek help right away. Our team at Parker Foot & Ankle offers state-of-the-art Fotona laser treatment to help you beat fungus painlessly and effectively, with no side effects. Call (281) 497-2850 to reach our Houston office, or use our website.

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.