Health Tip: Preventing Toenail Fungus

Keep your toes as clean as possible

(HealthDayNews) -- Ugly, discolored toe nails may be a sign of a fungal infection. Besides being embarrassing, untreated fungal infections can spread.

Guard yourself against toenail fungus with these tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association:

  • Wash your feet regularly with soap and water.
  • Dry them thoroughly.
  • Make sure your shoes fit properly.
  • Wear shower shoes in public areas.
  • Change socks, hosiery, even shoes, daily.
  • Clip toenails straight across so the nail doesn't extend past the tip of the toe.
  • Use a recommended foot powder talcum, not starch.
  • Wear socks made of synthetic fiber.
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