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Prevention Tips for Toenail FungusIf you live here in the Bay Area, you’re no doubt accustomed to fog billowing in from the ocean. From a high enough vantage point, the low-hanging cloud cover can be strikingly beautiful (especially over the Golden Gate Bridge), though motorists and boaters might be less inclined to appreciate the diminished visibility.

Your nails can get cloudy, too. This is often caused by a fungal infection that can leave your nails yellow, crumbly, brittle, thickened, deformed, and even foul-smelling. Once the fungus sets in, it’s very difficult to eradicate. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent nail fungus before it even begins.

While San Francisco fog rolls in from cool, ocean waters, toenail fungus often rolls in from the warm, damp waters of a pool deck or locker room floor—the fungi love moist, humid environments. Other risk factors include wearing poorly ventilated shoes and socks, having a pre-existing foot condition like athlete’s foot, or a condition that weakens circulation or immunity, such as diabetes. It’s also more common among older adults—quite simply, they’ve had more opportunity for exposure.

The most important way to prevent nail fungus from blanketing your toes like fog, is to exercise good foot hygiene. Wash your feet regularly and dry them thoroughly before you put on any footwear. Trim your toenails carefully—never too short, and always straight across. This prevents ingrown toenails that can cut the skin and open “golden” gateways for infection to set in.

Wear well-ventilated socks and shoes, too, and change both regularly—cycling between shoes gives pairs a chance to dry. Never go barefoot in public places either—you should always wear sandals or shoes outside and in damp environments like locker rooms.

Toenail fungus is unsightly, stubborn, and can easily spread or get worse. Although laser treatment has proven successful for most patients, the best policy (as always) is prevention. That said, if you do notice any changes in your nails, give Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay a call. We provide the latest in high-tech, high-quality care for this relentless infection. Contact us through the website, call us at the main office at (510) 483-3390, or stop by one of our three convenient Bay Area locations: Pleasanton, San Leandro, or Los Gatos, CA.

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