I’ve always had trouble with toenail fungus and it doesn’t matter where I am living or what I am doing. I finally had to have one of my big toenails taken off. It wasn’t going to get any better and the removal wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
Toenail fungus may be caused by a dermatophyte fungus, but it can also be caused by yeast or molds. Toenails may turn yellow or black, and have a distorted shape. Nails are usually thicker, brittle, and may separate from the nail bed.
If you have toenail fungus, you may be too self-conscious to wear cute open-toed shoes that are the latest style. Besides not being able to make a fashion statement, pain in the nail may make it difficult to walk.
Here are five tips to deal with toenail fungus:
Wear Shoes in Public Places
If you’re working out in the gym or at the pool, wear sandals or flip-flops. There are a lot of people walking around barefoot in the shower and locker rooms, and it’s easy to pick up an infection.
Don’t Use Nail Polish
I know it is tempting to cover up those ugly nails, but using nail polish traps unwanted moisture. It may also worsen the infection, and then it will take even longer to have pretty nails again.
Buy Shoes That Fit
Don’t be tempted to buy a shoe that doesn’t fit just because it is in style. Choose a shoe with a wide toe-box so that toes are not cramped.
If you wear a shoe that is too big, you may jam your toes trying to slide into the shoe. Try shoes on before buying, and make sure the shoe fits comfortably around the ball of your foot.
Choose Moisture-Wicking Socks
Cotton socks are so comfortable, but cotton absorbs more water, and that moisture can cause toenail fungus. Wear socks made of nylon, acrylic, or polyester to keep feet dry. Wash in hot water to eliminate any remaining fungus spores.
Replace Worn Out Shoes
I know it’s difficult to give up a comfortable pair of shoes, but shoes that are worn out may still harbor fungi and re-infect the nail. If you must wear them, sprinkle your feet and the inside of your shoes with an antifungal spray or powder.
It’s easy to bury your head in the sand and just wear shoes and socks instead of dealing with toenail fungus. Remember this is an infection, so schedule an appointment with your doctor or podiatrist and get this taken care as soon as possible.