fungal nail infection has been successfully treated,
take steps to prevent the infection from recurring.
Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet or hands and apply
a topical antifungal, such as terbinafine (Lamisil) or
ciclopirox (Penlac), directly to your skin or nail. Use the topical medicine
for 1 year.5
Keep your feet and hands dry. Dry skin and nails are less likely
to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet or hands after you take a
shower or bath.
Wear dry cotton socks and change them 2 or 3 times a day if
Wear sandals or dry roomy shoes made of materials that allow
moisture to escape. Injury to the tips of the toenails because of tight shoes may
be the biggest single factor that leads to a fungal nail infection
Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when using a public pool or
shower, and let them dry between uses.
Don't share shoes, socks, nail clippers, or nail files with
Avoid injuring your nail. Cutting nails too short is a common
cause of nail injury. If you decide to get artificial nails or have a manicure,
go to a salon that uses sterile instruments. Nail manicure and certain nail
products can damage the nail or cuticle, making the nail more susceptible to