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10 Tips for Preventing Nail Fungus

Beautiful fingernails

Beautiful, strong nails are as coveted as the latest high-end fashionable accessory. But their look can be wrecked by a fungal infection. A case of nail fungus happens when a fungus such as yeast begins growing beneath the surface of a fingernail or toenail. While the condition is more frequent among those with nail diseases or immune system deficiencies, they also can strike via something as simple as a minor injury or exposure to fungus lingering in a nail salon, swimming pool or gym.

Signs can include dull, yellow-streaked, thickened and brittle nails, as well as visible material trapped beneath the nailbed. Metropolitan Dermatology offers 10 top ways to prevent nail fungus:

  1. Wash your hands and feet regularly and keep your nails short and dry.
  2. Wear sweat-absorbing socks made of fabrics like wool, nylon and polypropylene.
  3. Choose shoes that reduce humidity. Rock a pair of open-toed pumps or cute sandals
  4. Discard old shoes, as they can harbor fungi. It’s a legitimate health-based reason to go shoe shopping.
  5. Use an antifungal spray or powder on your feet and the insides of your shoes to keep them fungi-free.
  6. Wear rubber gloves when doing dishes, washing your car, cleaning an aquarium or any other activity that involves prolonged exposure to water. Turn the gloves inside out to dry between uses.
  7. Avoid over-trimming or picking at the skin around your nails, as this can give germs access to your skin and nails.
  8. Don’t go barefoot in public places, particularly in wet areas like pools, showers and locker rooms.
  9. Choose a reputable nail salon and make sure that nail techs sterilize manicure and pedicure instruments after every use.
  10. Avoid or limit nail polish and artificial nails, especially if you suspect you have an active case of nail fungus. Attempting to hide unsightly symptoms with a coat of candy apple red, it can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection.

If you spot signs of a nail fungus, Metropolitan Dermatology can effectively diagnose and treat it. Visit us online to schedule a consultation at our Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island location.

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