The last thing anyone wants to be worrying about is nail fungus and fungal infections, especially when flip flop season is right around the corner! So how do you know if you have a nail fungus? Some common symptoms include changes in color, shape and/or thickness, swelling of the skin around the nails, bleeding and pain.
Also, did you know our nail health can reflect what else is going on in our bodies? Changes in the nail such as thickening or discoloration can actually signal health problems like kidney disease, heart and lung conditions, diabetes and anemia! Don’t ignore your nails!
Here are our top 5 tips to prevent nail fungus:
- Wash your hands and feet regularly with soap and water. Rinse and dry thoroughly, including between the toes!
- Prevent nail fungus by trimming nails straight across so the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe. Also, file down thickened areas.
- Don’t go barefoot in public places. Always wear sandals or shoes around pools, showers and locker rooms.
- Wear socks that absorb sweat. Fabrics such as wool and nylon are great at wicking away moisture. Don’t forget to change your socks often!
- Choose shoes that reduce humidity. It also helps to occasionally take off your shoes or wear open-toe footwear.