- Don't wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Your feet sweat and create moisture that can contribute to the growth for fungus and other organisms. Make sure the shoes dry out before wearing them again.
- Desiccate your shoes if they are particularly moist. Put kitty litter in a pair of nylon socks and stuff them into the shoes over night.
- Start every day with a clean pair of dry socks (even if yesterday's smell clean.)
- Spray your feet with an antifungal before putting on your shoes; Lamasil, Lotrimin or Micatin.
- Spray your shoes with an antifungal after wearing them; Lamasil, Lotrimin or Micatin.
- If you also have athlete's Foot, use Lamasil cream on your feet twice a day for three weeks.
- Thoroughly dry feet between toes after getting them wet.
- Replace bottles of nail polish that you may have used while infected. They could reinfect your nails if used after treatment.
- Thoroughly clean all nail care tools you have used, e.g. scissors, clipper, files. After cleaning spray with one of the antifungals. As an alternate, soak the tools for thirty minutes in a bleach solution; 1 Tablespoon of bleach in 1 quart of water.
- Throw away all used emery boards. Don't share the new emery boards with others.
- At the nail salon, ask how they sanitize their equipment. Run away if they don't rigorously follow correct procedures.
- Don't go barefoot at the gym, take a towel/mat to stand on while changing and use your own footwear in the showers.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Treatment for Nail Fungus
After you have been treated for foot nail fungus it is your responsibility to take steps, pun in-10-did, to minimize the chance of reinfection.