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5 ways to avoid toenail fungus
If you’ve ever suffered from a toenail fungus, then you know the pain and irritation that comes from brittle, flaking, and discoloured nails. Plus, let’s be honest, fungus makes your feet look a little gross, too. Like they’re something out of a zombie movie.
Anyway, whether you’ve suffered from toenail fungus before or not, it’s probably something you want to avoid altogether.
So here are five incredibly simple things you can do to help keep your toenails healthy and in glorious condition.
1) Tend to your nails
Keep your nails short and clean. When you stub a long toenail, it can cut into your nail bed and give the fungus the inviting warm environment it needs to fester. That’s why you’ll want to file your toenails, too – jagged edges may also be a recipe for disaster.
2) Stay dry
Have you ever noticed mould growing on a damp shoe? If your nails (and in-between your toes) aren’t always completely dry, the same could happen. Make sure you dry your feet and toes completely after a shower or swim and look for sock materials that won’t make your feet really sweaty.
3) Put on some shoes
Walking around barefoot (especially at a public gym or swimming pool) could expose you to more bacteria than you care to know exist. So keep your feet and toes fungus-free by walking around in some sandals or thongs – and yes, that means when you use public shower, too.
4) Use hygienic tools
How often do you go to your local salon for a pedi? Do you make sure to check that they’re cracking open a fresh packet of tools? Or that they’ve sanitised the foot basin? If not, you might want to start doing that as used tools and dirty tubs spread bacteria and fungus faster than it takes for a gel manicure to set.
5) Become best friends with an antifungal spray
All the sweat and dead skin cells from your feet can accumulate in your socks and shoes, making it the perfect environment for bacteria and fungus to spread. Always wash your socks after each wear, and make sure to spray your shoes with Eulactol Antifungal Foot Spray to kill the germs.
Have you ever suffered from toenail or foot fungus? What do you do to ensure your feet and toes remain fugus-free?