(HealthDay News) -- Fungal toenail infections can linger for
years without causing pain or another reason to seek treatment. But
infected nails can turn thick, discolored or brittle, which could
The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to help
prevent a fungal foot infection in the first place:
- Wash your feet with water and soap, then dry them
- Inspect the feet and toes regularly, looking for cracked or
- Don't go barefoot in a public shower or sauna. Wear a pair of
flip flops or sandals.
- Change your socks and shoes more than once daily.
- Keep toenails trimmed straight across.
- Wear properly-fitting shoes that are made of breathable
materials, and skip very tight hosiery.
- Wear socks made of synthetic materials, rather than cotton or
wool, to help draw moisture away from the skin.
- Regularly disinfect any clippers or scissors used to care for
- Don't use nail polish if you suspect a possible fungal nail
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