Don’t let toenail fungus happen to you. Know how to protect yourself.
While toenail fungal infections aren’t typically something that most people think about regularly or worry about, if someone in your household develops one you may be worried that it’s only a matter of time before you do, too. If you want to avoid getting toenail fungus, here are some tips from our Fairfax, VA, podiatrists to help you out.
Don’t Share with Others
While this might sound harsh, if someone has a toenail fungus it’s very easy for it to spread to another person. By not sharing things like shoes, socks, towels or even nail polish you can prevent the spread of this toenail fungal infection.
Be Picky About Your Nail Salon
While everyone loves a good spa day, it’s a good idea to do a little research before you just head to your nearest nail salon. While some salons disinfect their tools and provide a clean space with which to perform manicures and pedicures, it’s also impossible to disinfect nail polish. So if someone before you had a fungus infection and used the same polish as you then you’ve just put yourself at risk for a fungal infection. Talk to your local nail salon about how they sterilize their equipment and bring your own nail polish with you.
Protect Your Feet in Public
While there are some people who swear by going around barefoot a lot of the time, there are still certain environments in which our Fairfax foot doctor will tell you that you should wear shoes. Fungus is everywhere and it loves to thrive in damp, warm spots like under your toenails and between toes (e.g. athlete’s foot). Since a fungal infection can spread easily, you are more likely to develop one if you don’t wear protective shoes in a public locker room, gym shower or the nearby swimming pool. Remember to always wear sandals, even when showering at your local gym.
The Laser Nail Centers in Fairfax, McLean, Ashburn and Reston, VA, is dedicated to providing you comprehensive foot care whenever you need it. If you are losing the battle against toenail fungus give us a call today at (866) 570-0496 today to schedule an appointment. For more information visit the website at http://www.thelasernailcenters.com or our Facebook page The Nail Restoration Center.