Admittedly, toenail fungus is unsightly, embarrassing, and often painful, though it is more common than you may think. In fact, nearly half of all men over the age of 40 have contracted it or are expected to contract it at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, many sufferers are unaware of what they’re toting around the public pools and showers that they frequent. Toenail fungus is contagious and if your toenails are yellow, cracked or crumbling, green or dry and distorted, you are probably a sufferer, and there is a good possibility it came from someone else.
It is your responsibility to keep your toenail fungus to yourself. Avoid public places, like pools. Avoid public showers and use protective footwear whenever possible. Wear socks around the house to reduce the risk of spreading it.
These things may sound cumbersome, but your family will be the first ones affected by your failure to maintain proper hygiene. Nail fungus spreads like the flu, by contact, and just as quickly. It spreads in the form of a bacteria, so if you look down and notice that you’ve been infected, it was likely because someone was in the early stages and didn’t know they were infected. Fungus has a long incubation period. By the time signs show up, you could have been developing the fungus for weeks.
What Can I Do to Prevent Toenail Tungus?
Kids often wear each other’s shoes. Ensure that this does not happen, even for a second. With foot fungus, to ‘contact is to contract,’ so keep an eye out for it. Never let someone else wear your sandals, or anything that you may have used to dry your feet off. Fungus loves moist, warm areas, like your feet basking in the sun only a few minutes out of the pool.
How Do I Treat It?
Fill a basin with warm water and baking soda and soak the affected areas three times a day. Dry your foot completely after each soak and apply an over-the-counter ointment to keep the infection at bay. These ointments usually come in little bottles, with a brush, like nail polish. It might seem like a laughing matter, but it’s a critical one (view some of the ignored cases in the education portion of this website). Apply the ointment as directed. This usually means letting it air-dry onto the infection. Remember that air allows for a perfect dry, whereas a towel may fail to dry every area.
After your morning shower, scrub your toes with warm water, soap and a toothbrush, paying special attention to the cuticles. Keep the toothbrush in a safe place. To this end, it might even be worth it to have your own soap and soap dish or put it in a ziplock. Doctors recommend a morning soak, following by the application of a paste, equal parts baking soda and vinegar. The acidity combats the infection while the baking soda dries it out, the latest products and reviews from our readers are in the product comparison portion of this site.