Preventing Foot Fungus

Fungus is an organism that is found everywhere in nature.  Due to genetic reasons, 1 in every 2 people are predisposed to fungal foot infections. Foot fungus usually affects the skin as well as nails so it is important to treat both when combating fungus. 

Fungus does not go away on its own so if left untreated, it is contagious and will spread. You should check your nails and skin regularly. Some signs of fungus are yellow or white nails that are usually very thick and break off.

If you are one of the 50% of people that are susceptible to fungal foot infections, it is important to remember to continue to treat your feet frequently after your acute fungal infection has resolved since fungus is found everywhere. Once you get fungus, it can come back if you don’t continue to take preventative measures and stop treating.

Fungus thrives in wet, warm, and dark places.  The perfect environment for fungal growth is actually found within your shoes.  For this reason, it is important to keep your shoes dry. The best way to do this is to have several pairs of shoes that you rotate every several days so that you don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day.  Also, routinely spray your shoes with an antifungal spray.

Simple steps to treat & prevent fungus:

1. Spray shoes with an antifungal spray.

2. Keep shoes dry.

3. Keep feet dry.

4. Bleach socks.

5. Change socks daily.

6. Apply antifungal medication to skin and nails.

7. Change your shoes every few days.