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How can you prevent toenail fungus?

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Toenail fungus is an infection that can get worse if you don’t deal with it. There's a chance the infection can come back -- even if you get rid of it. So take these simple steps to prevent that:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Wear shower shoes in public pools, bathrooms, and locker rooms -- and even in your own bathroom.
  • Change your shoes and socks every day.
  • Wear ones that breathe and don't fit too tight.
  • Trim your nails short and straight across.
  • See your doctor if you think your fungus has come back.

From: Treatments for Toenail Fungus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Toenail Fungus."

CDC: "Fungal Nail Infections."

Cleveland Clinic: "How You Can Stop Foot and Toenail Fungus In Its Tracks," "Toenail Fungus."

Columbia University, Go Ask Alice: "Toenail fungus."

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

Medscape: "Onychomycosis Treatment & Management."

Tschen, E. , February 2013. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

Westerberg, D. , Dec. 1, 2013. American Family Physician

Winston, J. , October 2006. Clinical Diabetes

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

SOURCES:

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

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Toenail Fungus."

CDC: "Fungal Nail Infections."

Cleveland Clinic: "How You Can Stop Foot and Toenail Fungus In Its Tracks," "Toenail Fungus."

Columbia University, Go Ask Alice: "Toenail fungus."

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

Medscape: "Onychomycosis Treatment & Management."

Tschen, E. , February 2013. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

Westerberg, D. , Dec. 1, 2013. American Family Physician

Winston, J. , October 2006. Clinical Diabetes

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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