Guide to Preventing Ugly, Fungal Toenails

You have several friends who have ugly, fungal toenails. So now you're wondering how you can avoid it. The truth is fungus is everywhere. And it thrives in dark, moist environments. That's why we are much more likely to get fungus on our toenails than on our fingernails. Our shoes are the perfect place for fungus to grow. Here are some steps you can take to avoid getting onychomycosis or toenail fungus.

  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Avoid going to a nail salon unless you know they don't allow their technicians to serve clients with nail fungus. Either that or make sure they sterilize their equipment in an autoclave and use a pipe-less system for soaking your feet.
  • Wear flip flops in gym locker and pool shower rooms.
  • Clip nails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe. If your nails are constantly pushing up against your shoes than the nails can lift allowing the fungus in to set up shop.
  • Use a quality foot powder (talcum, not cornstarch) in conjunction with shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  • Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture. Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to "wick" away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks, especially for those with more active lifestyles.
  • Don't share home pedicure tools with anyone. Fungus can be easily transmitted this way.

If you think you have toenail fungus, check out our Seattle Fungal Toenail Center and set up an appointment by calling 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.