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.
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