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Can choosing a clean nail salon help prevent toenail fungus?

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Yes. If you want a pedicure, look for a salon that’s licensed by your state and looks well-kept. Make sure they sterilize all their tools after each use and before each new customer. Or you can bring your own sterilized tools.

From: Toenail Fungus Prevention WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Caring for nail infections."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Toenail Fungus."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Fungus Infections: Preventing Recurrence."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Toenail Fungus."

CDC: "Fungal Nail Infections," “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008.”

Cleveland Clinic: "Toenail Fungus."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center: "Fungal Nail Infections."

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency: "Don't Stand for Unsightly Toes."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Caring for nail infections."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Toenail Fungus."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Fungus Infections: Preventing Recurrence."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Toenail Fungus."

CDC: "Fungal Nail Infections," “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008.”

Cleveland Clinic: "Toenail Fungus."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center: "Fungal Nail Infections."

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency: "Don't Stand for Unsightly Toes."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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