Nail Fungus Prevention Tips
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So goes the old proverb and this is very true in the case of nail fungus prevention. Avoiding infection of your nails is a fairly simple process, but it does require diligence on your part. When you consider that once an infection has established itself, it is much more difficult to cure, working on prevention is in everyone’s best interest.
The main problem is that nail fungus is not choosy about who it attacks. If it can find a successful living environment, it will.
People who are most subject to nail fungus infections are:
- People who sweat excessively in their hands and/or feet
- People who already have some sort of nail disorder
- People who have a weakened immune system
The risk of getting or not getting this disease seems to be fairly random. It will live wherever it can so “your best offense is a good defense”.
- Wear some sort of protective footwear when you are in public places where there is a lot of water, locker rooms, public baths and swimming pools are good examples. As you have no idea who may accidentally pass the spores along, protecting your own feet is paramount.
- Keep your nails short, clean, and dry. Trim and file your nails regularly to ensure that they are clean all over. Washing your hands and feet with soap and drying thoroughly afterward is also important as fungi like damp, dark places.
- Use antifungal sprays or powders to fight off the spores you may have already accidentally collected. Air out and dry out your shoes after wearing (especially if your feet sweat) and change your socks daily or wear sandals as often as possible.
- Don’t use nail polish as this locks in humidity and usually blocks light that might reach the fungus and help kill it off.
- If you choose to get manicures or pedicures, check with your salon to make sure they sterilize all of their equipment.
- Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before applying anything to your hands or feet and after applying ointment or medication anywhere else.
- Do not pick at the skin around your nails as this can cause irritation and allow the fungus to invade your skin.
- Pay attention to developing symptoms and if they show up, treat them early on to nip the infection in the bud
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet so that your immune system is up to fighting off any infection that comes your way.
Your health is in your own hands so grab it and go with it to keep your nails looking healthy and happy.