Fungal infections are a common toenail disorder. Nail fungus can discolor toenails and cause the end of a toenail to separate from its nail bed, making it uncomfortable to walk or wear shoes. There are a number of products on the market that you can use for nail fungus; however most of these are expensive, ineffective, and associated with a unwanted side effects.
Don’t despair; there are options available. Here are six simple steps for fighting nail fungus:
- The number one rule is to keep your feet clean and dry at all times. Wash your feet thoroughly with soap and water and dry them carefully. Pay special attention to the areas around and between the toes where moisture can accumulate. If you have time, use a blow dryer on its lowest setting to remove any hidden moisture. Use an foot powder to keep your feet dry, avoid products that contain cornstarch as this could encourage fungus to grow.
- Keep your toenails well groomed to avoid the damage that can be caused by split, torn, or ingrown toenails. Keep nails trimmed back so that they do not extend beyond the tips of your toes. If your toenails are too long, you may damage your toenails each time you put on your shoes. Cut toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails using sharp nail scissors or clippers to do the job. If some of your toenails are infected with fungus, use a separate set of clippers for infected nails and healthy nails. This will keep you from inadvertently spreading the fungus. Always disinfect your pedicure tools after each use by wiping them with a cotton ball or clean cloth that is saturated with alcohol. Don’t dig out ingrown toenails as this can lead to infection.
- If you decide to enjoy a pedicure at a salon, make sure the salon professionals sterilize their instruments or open a fresh package of tools for each client. Make sure the salon is licensed, and question the professionals on the measures they take to prevent the spread of toenail fungus. If there is any doubt, bring your own pedicure tools.
- Wear protective footwear at all times, especially in communal areas where fungus is likely to breed, such as in public bathrooms and showers and gym locker rooms. At home, be sure to thoroughly clean your shower on a weekly basis and wash your shower mat regularly in hot water.
- Select shoes and socks made from breathable materials such as cotton that wick moisture away from the feet and allow air to circulate. Make sure shoes fit well, with plenty of room for you to wiggle your toes. And avoid tight fighting hosiery or socks. Rotate your shoes daily to allow each pair to air out and dry between wearings. Store your shoes in a cool, dry area with plenty of fresh air circulation. Change socks frequently and wash them in hot water. If your feet become wet, change your shoes and socks immediately.
- If you’re prone to fungus infections, you will need to use a powerful fungal cleansing supplement, such as Mycozil, to eliminate fungus from the inside out. Fungal infections are systemic, so topical products will not be effective. You may see an improvement in the condition of your nails, but the infection will likely reoccur once you discontinue using the lotion or cream. Mycozil, on the other hand, is an all-natural supplement that contains six powerful ingredients: Pau D’ Arco, oregano, anise seed, lemongrass, horopito, and Bacillus latersporus. These components work together to destroy fungus. Many people who use Mycozil, are satisfied within 1-2 months and completely satisfied in six to nine months.
The bottom line is that being proactive is the best method for avoiding nail fungus. If an infection does get a toehold, you will need to be especially vigilant in combatting it.