Dr Anthony Weinert, a foot and ankle specialist with practice locations in both Oakland and Macomb Counties in the cities of Warren and Troy, Michigan discusses some important tips in preventing nail fungus. Approximately 15% of Americans suffer from onychomycosis – or more commonly known as “toenail fungus.” The symptoms of toenail fungus can vary but are generally characterized by nail discoloration, nail thickening or a serious infection that can cause several toenails to become misshapen or deformed. Sometimes, the pain can become so severe that it will interfere with a sufferer’s ability to walk. Treatments will depend on the severity of each case but can be anything from a topical ointment to surgery to remove any nail that comes into direct contact with the fungus.
There are plenty of things you can do to prevent toenail fungus from becoming an issue in the first place. While the two easiest and most common methods are keeping your feet as dry as you can at all times and avoiding trauma to your nail beds, there are a number of other ways to prevent fungus as well:
- Be sure your feet are washed and dry before putting on socks and shoes
- Use antifungal products on a regular basis. Powders are especially easy to apply and should be used after showering to help absorb moisture
- Make sure your shoes fit properly. Ill-fitting shoes will not allow your feet enough space to “breathe” and cause moisture
- Change socks and hosiery at least once per day
- Avoid being barefoot in damp, public places like locker rooms, pools and public showering areas
In addition to these preventative measures, there are also some very effective home remedies that can help prevent nail fungus:
- Vinegar – vinegar (especially white vinegar) can prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus.
- Tea Tree Oil – Soak cotton balls in tea tree oil and place them in your closed-toe shoes overnight to prevent growth of fungus
- Carrier Oils – apricot or sunflower oil mixed with tea tree oil placed around and under the nail area can keep any fungus from sticking to the nails
Nail fungus is common but it can be prevented easily enough. Practicing good hygiene can be enough in most cases but these tips and preventative measures can be an extra measure in good foot health. If you or your loved one is suffering with nail fungus, contact Dr Weinert’s office at 248-362-3338 (Troy) or 586-751-3338 (Warren) to schedule an appointment (often same day). You can also get some more information on onychomycosis (toenail fungus) and nail fungus prevention on Dr Weinert’s website at http://www.stopfeetpainfast.com Also, while you are on Dr Weinert’s website, you can request a FREE copy of his authored book, “Stop Feet Pain Fast – A User’s Guide to Foot & Ankle Health” which will answer all your question on foot & ankle health and prevention.