Just like brushing your teeth and flossing, you need to be vigilant in prevention to keep your toenail fungus at bay.

Here are 8 steps to prevent toenail fungus from coming back.

  • Wear the right shoes and socks. Wear synthetic socks that wick away moisture and shoes that aren't too short or too tight.
  • Reduce sweating. If your feet tend to sweat a lot. Change your shoes and socks daily. Use high-quality talcum powder or foot spray, such as Gordon's Number five.
  • Practice good hygiene. Clean between your toes.
  • Clip your nails straight across. Keep them short so they don't hit the top of your shoe.
  • Be sure your nail salon is properly cleaning instruments.
  • Only use nail polish without toxic chemicals to prevent your toenails from becoming weak.
  • Use an ultraviolet shoe sanitizer in your shoes to keep down the amount of fungus you're exposed to.
  • Use Tolcylen topicals on your nails and skin. This medication is only available from your podiatrist.

No matter how vigilant you are, your fungus may still come back, and if it does, you may need additional treatment in the future.

Dr. Rion Berg
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A podiatrist in North Seattle treating families for over 40 years.