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Preventing Toenail Fungus

While there is no sure way to prevent ever getting a toenail fungus infection, there are certain steps that you can take to reduce your chances of getting toenail fungus. The fungus that infests toenails is highly contageous, so the first steps in preventing a fungal infection are to avoid situations where you can contract the fungus in the first place. Among the steps you can take are:

  • Treat any minor skin injuries and avoid exposure to likely breeding places entirely when your feet are most susceptible to fungal infection.
  • Wear shower shoes or other protective footwear in damp public places like swimming pools, locker rooms and public showers.
  • Do not share items that come into contact with other peoples feet. These include nail clippers, towels, shoes, and sandals.

Exposure to the fungus that causes toenail infections cannot always be avoided; the fungus is lurking nearly everywhere. That is why the second essential step in preventing toenail fungal infections is to make the environment less conducive to the growth of the fungus. Things you should do include:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry
  • Wash your feet often
  • Change your shoes and socks frequently
  • Don't wear nail polish

Preventing toenail fungus should be your goal. If you already notice the tell-tale signs of fungus in your feet, seek a toenail fungus treatment as soon as possible to get rid of the fungus before it becomes deeply rooted. One infected toenail can quickly infect others and your fungal infection can easily spread to family members.