• Proper hygiene and regular inspection of the feet and toes are the first lines of defense against fungal nails
  • Clean and dry feet resist disease
  • Washing the feet with soap and water, remembering to dry thoroughly, is the best way to prevent an infection
  • Shower shoes should be worn when possible in public areas
  • Shoes, socks, or hosiery should be changed more than once daily
  • Toenails should be clipped straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe
  • Wear shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe
  • Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promote moisture
  • Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to “wick” away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks
  • Disinfect instruments used to cut nails
  • Disinfect home pedicure tools
  • Don’t apply polish to nails suspected of infection – those that are red, discolored, or swollen, for example
  • AND, See Your Podiatrist!

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