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Toenail and athlete's foot fungi like to grow in warm, moist areas,
which include public areas such as spas, swimming pools, locker
rooms, or showers. For short periods of time the it can live in
warm puddles on tile floors, awaiting someone to step in and pick
up the spores. If you can wear sandals, water shoes, or swimming
booties they would help in keeping your feet from touching the floor
directly. Some public swimming pool areas have small wade-through
pools which help to keep the toenail and athlete's foot fungi in
check. After your session at the pool or other public area, wash
your feet thoroughly and dry them well.
Pure 100% cotton, wool, or silk socks are the best to wear because
they absorb moisture from your feet (from sweating) and provide
good ventilation. When you do get your socks damp, it is a good
idea to take them off and dry your feet before putting on a fresh
pair of clean, dry, cotton socks.
Synthetic socks such as nylon are not advised because they don't
allow the moisture to pass through away from your skin.
The best shoes to wear are those that allow plenty of air and moisture
exchange. Look for air-breather holes on the sides, natural materials
(plastic shoes do not allow air and moisture to pass through), and
a comfortable fit. If you have a fungal condition already, sprinkle
into your shoes a good anti-bacterial product such as futspa Foot
Wearing nail polish is considered to be not a good idea as the
polish may encourage fungal growth. The fungus is sealed beneath
the toe nails in a dark, moist, warm environment that it loves to
grow in. We have heard of a report that a woman couldn't get cured
until after she removed her polish.
Of course, if you know of someone with toenail fungus or any communicable
disease for that matter, sharing of towels, washcloths, shoes, or
other personal items should definitely be avoided.
Washing and thoroughly drying your feet really helps. Because toenail
fungi likes warm, damp environments, if you keep your feet dry,
the fungus will find it hard to survive. When drying your feet,
use a towel vigorously to remove dead skin and improve circulation.
Fungus and bacteria alike flourish in damp environments, so try
to keep your feet as dry as possible. To vigorously fight the toenail
fungus, take your socks off and go without them as often as you
can. Also, it is important to keep your feet and toenails very clean
on a daily basis. Use a nail brush to scrub away dirt, dead fungus
and nail tissue, paying particular attention to underneath the toenails.
Keeping your toenails cut as short as comfortably possible will
help keep the fungus in check.