6 Tips To Stop Nail Fungus Before It Starts

Nail fungus is better prevented than treated. Period.

If you get nail fungus – more common on the toenails than the fingernails, your symptoms could include yellow or brown nails, or nails that lift up from the nail bed or split or crumble. Without treatment, nail fungus can worsen and make it not only painful to wear shoes, but cause other harmful effects to the body and even partial amputation.

If caught early enough, nail fungus may clear with an over-the-counter antifungal cream, lotion, gel or lacquer. However, most fungal nail infections require prescription antifungal medications or even laser treatments. So, with that said, it’s better not to have it all. So here’s six tips to stop it before it even starts.

1. Keep your toenails trimmed short. This helps prevent debris from building up under the nails and minimizes the risk of nail injuries. Cut your nails straight across to keep them strong and avoid ingrown toenails.

2. Wear shoes that properly fit. They should never touch your toenails. In addition, alternate the shoes you wear every day so that they can air out before you wear them again.

3. Choose breathable footwear. Fungus thrives in warm, moist areas, like in hot sweaty shoes. Wear sandals whenever possible, and if you have to wear socks, choose ones that wick moisture away from your skin.