Toenail Fungus Prevention: Steps to Prevent Infection or Reinfection!

Many would say toenail fungus prevention is much easier than curing an infection that has already imbedded itself in your toenails! But, if you have a toenail infection and are taking steps to treat it, you should know that most people are experiencing reinfection of their toenails, especially if they don't change up their habits and hygiene routines. Here's why:

There are several factors that, if true of us, make us much more vulnerable to infection. If you are a person who has generally poor quality nails, you can be sure, you are at risk for infection. Nails that are generally soft, porous and easily split are more likely to harbor infectious bacteria and fungus because it can more easily embed itself into soft nails. If this is you, there is an amazing new pedicure product that could help keep your nails sealed off from infection while actually making them more healthy. Read on to find out more about this product and other toenail infection prevention measures you should be taking.

If one is diabetic, they are very much at risk of getting infected. This is because of the lack of circulation in the toes. Healthy toes need lots of oxygen in order to have adequate ability to fight off disease and infection. Oxygen can only make it's way to your toes through a healthy circulation. Anything you can do to improve your circulation including exercise, message, stimulating foot baths, herbal teas, a good thing to practice. Remember healthy toes need a healthy circulation system to support them.

Here's what the Mayo Clinic suggests:

1. Keep your nails short, dry and clean.

2. Trim nails straight across and file down thickened areas.

3. Thoroughly dry your hands and feet, including between your toes, after bathing.

4. Wear appropriate socks. Synthetic socks that wick away moisture may keep your feet dryer than do cotton or wool socks (you can also wear synthetic socks underneath other socks). Change them often, especially if your feet sweat excessively.

5. Take your shoes off occasionally during the day and after exercise.

6. Alternate closed-toe shoes with open-toed shoes. (I say wear those sandals as often as weather will permit!)

7. Use an antifungal spray or powder. Spray or sprinkle your feet and the insides of your shoes.

8. Don't trim or pick at the skin around your nails. This may give germs access to your skin and nails.

9. Don't go barefoot in public places. Wear shoes around public pools, showers and locker rooms.

10. Choose a reputable manicure and pedicure salon. (See my suggestions for spa safety-very important in toenail fungus prevention!) Make sure the salon sterilizes its instruments.

11. Give up nail polish and artificial nails. Although it may be tempting to hide nail fungal infections under a coat of pretty pink polish, this can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection.

12. Wash your hands after touching an infected nail. Nail fungus can spread from nail to nail.

Now, while I fully agree with the Mayo Clinic's take on artificial toenails and polishes, we all know that our vanity can get the best of us. Who wants to go out of the house with ugly toenails. Since most people over 40 have at least some toenail malformations or discolorations, this is a fairly widespread problem. What to do? Artificial toenails should be used only as a temporary solution to the problem. They will continue to deteriorate your nails and must be changed often to prevent serious deterioration of the toenails. Polishes can help if your toenails are only slightly malformed or discolored, but the problem with polishes is that they, like artificial toenails, can trap moisture under the toenail. Polish removers can further deteriorate the nail plate making toenail fungus prevention almost impossible.

The Ultimate Toenail Fungus Prevention Product!

Until now, there haven't been any real solutions to this problem. Toenails that have been infected tend to relapse into infection once treatment stops. Somtimes this is because the person doesn't change their hygiene habits, but more often it is because their poor quality, porous, moisture loving nails are continuing to invite infection! Toenail fungus loves warm, dark and wet places! How does one change the quality of ones nails? There are lots of products on the market that may improve slightly, the hardness and porousness of your nails, but there is only one product that can and does prevent toenail fungus from infecting or reinfecting your nails, thus becoming the ultimate toenail fungus prevention product!

That product is made by a company in Germany called Wilde Cosmetics. The product they developed is called Barefoot. (also marketed to Podiatrists as Keryflex). If you'd like to find out more about the podiatrist product, which would be more appropriate for those with active moderate to severe infections, then click here to find out more about Keryflex! These two products have a time released anti-mycotic agent that fights bacterial and fungal infections. They are gel resins that are cured on the toenail, completely sealing out all moisture, while infusing the nail with a fungus fighting ingredient that discourages infection while helping to keep the toenails healthy, thus the ultimate toenail fungus prevention method. I would go so far as to say that every person over 40, especially every woman who cares about the appearance of her feet, should have this product applied and maintained indefinitely, in order to keep aging nails (which tend to become more porous, brittle and infection-prone over time) clear and healthy. Infected nails, after receiving treatment, are sealed against reinfection; and those who have recovered from an infection will have taken the necessary precautions for toenail fungus prevention, as the statistics for reinfection are DISMAL. Barefoot is the only pedicure product on the market which can do this. It is actually healthy for your toenails!

If you would like to find a provider of Keryflex or Barefoot, please fill out the information request below and we will help you find a provider in your area!

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