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Health Tip: Protect Your Feet From Fungus

Posted 15 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Your feet, particularly your toenails and in between the toes, are prone to fungal infection, often referred to as athlete's foot. This can lead to itchy toes and thick, brittle and discolored nails. The American Podiatric Medical Association says you can help prevent fungal infections of the feet by: Carefully and frequently washing the feet, making sure to thoroughly dry them. If walking in public showers or locker rooms, wearing flip flops or shower shoes. Changing pantyhose, shoes and socks more than once daily. Cutting toenails in a straight line, short enough that the nail doesn't grow beyond the toe. Making sure that shoes and hosiery aren't too tight. Wearing socks of synthetic material and shoes of breathable material. Disinfecting any nail clippers and pedicure tools after use. Also, avoid polishing toenails that appear to have a fungal infection. Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Feet From Fungus

Posted 18 May 2011 by Drugs.com

-- Fungal toenail infections can linger for years without causing pain or another reason to seek treatment. But infected nails can turn thick, discolored or brittle, which could be embarrassing. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to help prevent a fungal foot infection in the first place: Wash your feet with water and soap, then dry them thoroughly. Inspect the feet and toes regularly, looking for cracked or itchy skin. Don't go barefoot in a public shower or sauna. Wear a pair of flip flops or sandals. Change your socks and shoes more than once daily. Keep toenails trimmed straight across. Wear properly-fitting shoes that are made of breathable materials, and skip very tight hosiery. Wear socks made of synthetic materials, rather than cotton or wool, to help draw moisture away from the skin. Regularly disinfect any clippers or scissors used to care for the feet. ... Read more

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