Health Tip: Prevent Toenail Fungus

Keep feet clean and dry

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(HealthDay News) -- Fungi are everywhere, and can easily sneak beneath your toenails and cause an unpleasant infection.

The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these preventive steps:

  • Treat feet to regular, careful washing with soap and water and a thorough drying.
  • In public places, wear flip flops or shower shoes.
  • Swap hosiery, socks and shoes more than once per day.
  • Keep toenails trimmed and cut in a straight line. Disinfect nail clippers and other tools used on nails.
  • Avoid tight hosiery, and stick to well-fitting shoes made of materials that breathe.
  • Opt for socks made of synthetic materials that keep away moisture from skin.
  • Don't attempt to cover up fungus discoloration with nail polish.

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