It’s summer - you’ve put the coats away and the sunglasses and sandals have come out. There’s a segment of the population that might be looking toward summer weather with at least some fear or even embarrassment. And the culprit is fungal toenails. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is discussing ways to protect your feet against fungal nails.
Here are several facts about these uncomfortable infections:
- They are very unsightly.
- They may be painful.
- They may be dangerous, particularly if you have diabetes.
- They may spread to other nails or even your skin.
- Hiding them can sometimes make the problem worse.
- They do not go away on their own.
- Home remedies aren’t usually successful.
- They take time to eliminate.
What Can You Do to Avoid Fungal Nails?
Following these steps can significantly reduce your risk of contracting fungal nails:
- Wash your feet daily with soap and water.
- Change shoes and socks when they become damp.
- Rotate between shoes so each pair can dry completely.
- Apply antifungal powders or sprays to your feet and shoes.
- Never walk barefoot in warm and damp public spaces, such as pools, showers, saunas, or locker rooms. Always wear a pair of slip-resistant shower shoes or sandals.
- Keep your toenails properly trimmed but not too short or rounded off around the corners.
- Never share toenail or foot care implements with others and be sure to disinfect them between uses.
- Take an occasional break from toenail polish.
- If you’re a fan of getting pedicures, make sure your preferred salon fully sterilizes all equipment after every guest or utilizes single-use tools.
Are fungal toenails threatening to ruin your summer fun in the sun? The longer you delay treatment, the harder it will be to clear them up. So contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule an appointment for proper treatment.