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How can checking your feet and toes regularly help prevent toenail fungus?

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If you see a change in nail color or texture, head to the doctor. This is your chance to catch a fungus in its early stages. If you think you have another infection or fungus, like athlete's foot, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what to do. It can turn into a toenail fungus, too, if you don’t treat it.

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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