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How can I avoid fungal nail infection?

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  • Keep your hands and feet clean and dry.
  • Keep your nails trimmed short. Cut your toenails straight across.
  • Don’t walk barefoot in locker rooms or on pool decks.
  • Change your socks and shoes when your feet get sweaty.
  • Have more than one pair of sneakers so your sweaty pair can dry out before you wear them again.

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Fungal nail infections.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “A large-scale North American study of fungal isolates from nails: The frequency of onychomycosis, fungal distribution, and antifungal susceptibility patterns.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Toenail fungus,” “Ingrown toenails,” “Nails.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Caring for nail infections.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Paronychia,” “Fungal nail infections.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Toenail fungus.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Fungal nail infections.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “A large-scale North American study of fungal isolates from nails: The frequency of onychomycosis, fungal distribution, and antifungal susceptibility patterns.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Toenail fungus,” “Ingrown toenails,” “Nails.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Caring for nail infections.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Paronychia,” “Fungal nail infections.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Toenail fungus.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

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