1. Get your feet out of sweaty shoes and socks whenever you can. Fungus loves to grow in warm moist places. Like inside you sweat socks after exercising.
Interesting fact: About 50% the population will have had toenail fungus by the age of 70. Toenail fungus is much more common than fingernail fungus. Once you recognize that you have a nail fungus, it is very important to start treatment immediately before the fungus gets worse and spreads.
2. Use Foot powder to help keep your toes and feet dry while you are exercising. This will help absorb some of the moisture.
Interesting fact: Toenail fungus is not the product of poor personal hygiene.
3. Always wear flip-flops in places like public showers, locker rooms, and pools (walking on your tippy-toes across the bathroom floor won’t protect your feet).
Interesting Fact: Nails are made of a protein called keratin (dead cells), which is also found in human hair. Toenail fungus is attracted to keratin and likes to feed on it.
4. Never share your toenail clippers Fungus Clear with anyone. This is a big NO NO. Fungus will reside on the ends of your clippers allowing it to be transferred from one person to another.
Interesting fact: Injuring a toenail allows for the fungus to get underneath the nail and thus the nail becomes more susceptible.
5. Wear socks that allow the feet to breathe, such as those made from natural fibers such as cotton. If you have extremely sweaty feet, give them ample time to dry out during the day, if possible.
Interesting fact: Men are twice as likely to have a toenail fungal infection than women.
6. Do not wear toenail polish if you have a toenail infected by fungus. There is some debate on this one whether or not it really matters. When in doubt just don’t do it.
Interesting fact: The medical term for toenail fungus is Onychmoycosis.
7. Always keep your nails trimmed short so that you minimize the risk of prying the nail upward and causing injury to the nail bed which in turn allows the fungus to grow underneath the nail.
Interesting fact: It can take 18 months for a nail to be replaced completely by a new one.
8. Stop Smoking! Faster recovery period. Yet one more reason to stop.
Interesting fact: Nail Fungus is NOT the same as Athlete’s Foot but can be caused by the same fungus.