First Aid for Foot and Toenail Fungus

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Foot and toenail fungus is an infection caused by a group of fungal microorganisms collectively called Dermatophytes and includes Trichophyton, Epidermophyton and Microsporum. These fungi enjoy warm, moist and dark environments. 

The best way to treat foot and nail fungus is to avoid getting it in the first place. The following steps will help you avoid the infection and treat mild infections if caught early.

Grooming routine when you bathe or have a shower:

  1. Exfoliate – This will remove loose infected dead skin layers. 
  2. Dry your feet well using a rough absorbent towel, especially between the toes. 
  3. Dry your nails using the ‘cold setting’ on a hair dryer to eliminate moisture. 
  4. Sanitise – use an alcohol sanitising spray daily.

Footwear advice:

  1. Keep your feet open to the air and avoid closed shoes whenever possible. 
  2. Sanitise or wash footwear as they can be a source of cross-infection.
  3. Allow shoes to dry out for at least 1 day before wearing them again.

Additional measures:

  1. When using showers in the gym, wear sandals at all times. 
  2. Choose reputable Foot Spas or Nail Bars that use sterile instruments (or Hygienist Pedicure service).
  3. Use antibacterial cotton and bamboo socks. 
  4. 4. When driving don’t use floor heating for extended periods.

Remember warmth and moisture are the enemies! 

Thanks for reading and on behalf of everyone at the Foot Comfort Centre we hope you have a great day,

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