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The Pesky Problem of Fungal Nails

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Solutions for toenail fungus can be found at Palm Beach PodiatryAs you look ahead to next month, the Delray Beach Center for the Arts has some sizzling entertainment on tap for their Hot Summer Night Concert Series at the Outdoor Pavilion. Every Friday night you can enjoy a free concert from local favorites like Higher Ground, Mike Mineo, and The Clique. You want to be sure you can always head out in your favorite sandals without embarrassment, so let’s talk about preventing toenail fungus.

Before we talk prevention, you need to understand the root causes of nail fungus. The problem is caused by microscopic organisms that thrive in damp, warm environments and do not need sunlight to live. They enter the body through tiny cuts in the skin that aren’t always evident to the human eye. The fungi hitch a ride on a body part that makes contact and then seeks out those openings.

There is a common theme for protection from this condition: keep your feet dry. If you provide the ideal environment—damp, dark, warm—you place yourself at risk for contracting an infection. Here are specific ways to avoid this:

  • Dry your feet thoroughly after you clean them every day. This means ensuring that the areas between your toes are dry, too, since this is a commonly overlooked practice.
  • Moisturize your feet to prevent dry skin, but don’t apply lotion or moisturizer between your toes.
  • Choose socks that wick away moisture or absorb sweat. Fabrics like nylon, polypropylene, and wool are excellent choices for this function. If your socks do become damp, change into a dry pair.
  • Wear sandals or shower shoes when visiting public pools, using locker rooms, or showering in communal bathing areas. Fungi are often found in such places, so use this simple step to protect your feet.
  • Alternate between two pairs of shoes every other day. This gives each pair 24 hours to dry out and avoid the dampness that is inviting to fungi.

If it’s too late for preventing toenail fungus, and you already have this embarrassing condition, it’s time to do something about it. Let the professionals at one of our three Palm Beach, FL locations provide the treatment you need. Schedule your appointment with Palm Beach Podiatry online, or call (561) 734-3100 for our Boynton Beach office, (561) 791-7773 for our Loxahatchee office, or (772) 468-0089 for our Fort Pierce office today.

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