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1300 Bancroft Ave
San Leandro, CA 94577
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Good hygieneWho doesn’t want to be known for their generosity? However, there are some gifts not meant for giving, and toenail fungus is one of them! Just as you share your love with family members and friends, it turns out, you may be sharing your fungus with them as well. There are several measures you can take to keep this from happening, and to prevent fungal nails in the first place.

First, practice good hygiene by cleansing your feet with soap and water on a daily basis. Make sure your feet are kept as dry as possible. If you participate in sports and athletics, or if it’s simply warm outside, remember to change your socks if they become damp or sweaty. Alter your footwear with each day, as this will allow your shoes to air out and dry.

Second, be careful about what footwear you lend and borrow. Socks, shoes and slippers should be kept for your personal use only. When you share your dirty linens, you risk sharing your fungus as well, or someone could share theirs with you! Additionally, each family member should have their own set of grooming tools, including nail clippers and files.

Lastly, when it comes to public areas like the community swimming pool or the gym, avoid walking barefoot as these are places where fungi thrive. Be sure to wear flip-flops or shower-shoes in locker room showers too.

For more ways to prevent fungal nails and keep it from spreading, call Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, or visit us at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in Los Gatos, San Leandro, and Pleasanton, CA.

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