Although it may be impossible to prevent onychomycosis infections in everyone, there are ways to reduce a person's chance to get infected. The following are some of the methods to avoid nail infections:
Remember that nail infections can be passed from person to person so washing hands (and feet) after contacting another person with nail infections is a good practice.
Do not go barefoot in public showers or locker rooms.
Use antifungal spray or powder in shoes, especially gym shoes.
Be sure that if a manicure or pedicure is done, instruments are sterilized before each person is exposed to them.
Keep feet dry and clean as possible.
Keep finger and toe nails trimmed; do not pick at or chew on fingernails or the skin around them.
Avoid caustic skin agents by wearing protective gloves.
Socks that wick away sweat help reduce moisture that can promote the survival and growth of nail pathogens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/5/2014
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